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Will vs. Trust – What Do I Need?
Will vs. Trust – What Do I Need?
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People work hard throughout their life to provide for their families while living and even after death.  We often have ideas and wishes as to what and where those items/monies go to.  Regardless of your means, you have an estate and there are several strategies to choose from to ensure those assets are distributed according to your wishes and in a timely fashion. We call it your Estate Plan. The right strategy depends on your circumstance. For some, a...

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Why Do I Need an Attorney for Estate Planning
Why Do I Need an Attorney for Estate Planning?
Everybody is aware of a will. There are numerous definitions of estate planning. Life and Estate Planning is basically how to give the assets which you have gathered through your life to your next generation in the best and most productive way. This includes looking at all parts of your assets and liabilities and getting ready for what's to come. Depending on your circumstance, this may include wills, enduring guardianship documents or power of attorney. It might also include living...

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Choosing A Beneficiary For Your IRA or 401(k) Is Part of Your Estate Plan
Choosing a Beneficiary for Your IRA or 401(k) Is Part of Your Estate Plan
Choosing beneficiaries for your retirement accounts is different from selecting beneficiaries for your other assets like life insurance. With retirement benefits, you must know the influence of estate tax and income tax laws in order to choose the suitable beneficiaries. Though, taxes should not be the only determining factor in naming your beneficiaries, as ignoring the influence of taxes could result in making a wrong choice. Additionally, if you are married, designation of beneficiary might affect the size of required...

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How can an Elder Law Attorney assist in Medicaid Planning?
We work our entire life to experience life and at the same time save for our retirement and beyond. What happens when we realize we may outlive those assets?  It is time to plan for housing and care in the context of Medicaid Law.  I work alongside a Life Care Planning agency to plan for best care and lifestyle and help you understand how to use your assets wisely and how to apply for available benefits without becoming impoverished. Who...

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2018 Medicare Reference Guide
Medicare is a government-run health insurance system for Americans over 65 years old or disabled. The system is funded through employee and employer payroll contributions and provides coverage for portions of certain health care costs, depending on level of coverage selected.  While Medicare Part B premiums are unchanged from 2017, and Part D premiums have been lowered from 2017, changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 has meaningfully lowered the income brackets determining Medicare Part B and Part...

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2018 Long-Term Care Reference Guide
  Long-term care (LTC) planning is a significant concern for many people across a broad range of demographics. The personal nature of health care, the inability to predict how much care will be needed in the future or how the care will be delivered, and longer life expectancies can make for a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable planning topic. Furthermore, costs for custodial care are not covered by Medicare or traditional health care insurance. As such, early planning and an effort to coordinate the issue with other important financial...

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Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Guardianship Proceedings
Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Guardianship Proceedings
Guardianship is essential for adults who are unable to make decisions on their own behalf and do not have Powers of Attorney to avoid guardianship, and for some minors. Individuals under guardianship are called “wards”. The court will name a guardian for making decisions on the behalf of a ward and/or managing the finances of the ward. For children, a guardian is generally, but not always, a parent. For adults, a guardian might be a parent, spouse, child, friend...

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Irrevocable Trust in Medicaid Planning
The Importance of Using an Irrevocable Trust in Medicaid Planning
People often wonder about the importance of utilizing an Irrevocable Trust in Medicaid Planning. Undoubtedly, the gifting of assets can be done outright. So, why confuse things with a trust? The answer is that the gift transaction costs are only a portion of what needs to be considered. Many significant advantages that can result from gifting in trust are forfeited by the outright gifting. These advantages show the importance in utilizing Irrevocable Trusts in Medicaid and asset protection planning. The...

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