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Older parents are becoming more common, driven in part by changing cultural mores and surrogate motherhood. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. But later-in-life parents have some special estate planning and retirement considerations.
By one estimate, older Americans lose up to $30 billion a year to elder financial abuse—the misappropriation of their money by con artists or thieves who are total strangers to them or even trusted friends or family members.
There is no single answer to your question -- it depends on the lawyer and the question itself. Some lawyers will speak with any prospective client on the phone while others will require that they come in for a meeting. Some charge for an initial meeting and some do not.
I have been asked to participate in a "note and gift" Medicaid plan for an aunt who has no other relatives. She is currently eligible for Medicaid and in a nursing home, but she recently inherited a large amount of money. The plan requires me to open a bank account in my name. I would use the account to make a monthly payment on a promissory note and pay the nursing home for the length of the penalty period. How does this account fit into my personal finances?
Medicare is supposed to provide up to 35 hours a week of home care to those who qualify, but many Medicare patients with chronic conditions are being wrongly denied such care, according to Kaiser Health News. For a variety of reasons, many home health care agencies are simply telling patients they are not covered.
Getting the most you can from Social Security is an important part of ensuring your financial security after you retire. One goal that many people have is to retire early, and that can create financial challenges that you need to address before you pull the plug on your career once and for all.
People in our region try to save throughout their lives. The struggle comes when those people who have saved experience long-term care needs, typically nursing home, assisted living or in-home care.
Have an old binder with your will and estate plan? Even if you had your paperwork set up a few years ago, all of your documents are now out of date, thanks to tax laws that went into effect in 2018.
As the federal government penalizes 751 hospitals for having too many infections and patient injuries, some states are feeling the cuts in Medicare payments more than others.
While long-term care insurance costs are up in general, some policies are going down in 2018, according to the 2018 Long Term Care Insurance Price Index, an annual report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance(AALTCI), an industry group.
A nursing home closure can be traumatic for residents who are forced to move. While there may not be much that can be done to prevent a closure, residents do have some rights.
As a child, one of my favorite games was King of the Hill. Winning was temporary. The minute you got on top of that dirt pile, someone was there to take you down. Public policy is no different.
Clients are often surprised at the amount of documents included in an elder law estate plan. Following are the various components.
You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.
Housing prices across the country are far outpacing the monthly benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income, according to a new report, forcing many people with disabilities into homelessness or costly institutional care.
In most states, transferring your house to your children (or someone else) may lead to a Medicaid penalty period, which would make you ineligible for Medicaid for a period of time. However, there are circumstances in which transferring a house will not result in a penalty period.
Ron Fleming is 74 now, but he's spent most of his life trying to recapture what life felt like when he was 21, fighting in Vietnam.
Many of us have seen the unfortunate news stories featuring a widow or widower homeowner whose recently deceased spouse took out a reverse mortgage and now he or she faces foreclosure and involuntary displacement. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has responded through a series of recently enacted regulatory changes to its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program that offer additional protections for “non-borrowing spouses.”
I am the caregiver and guardian for my husband, who suffered a severe stroke 18 months ago. I can no longer provide the care that he needs due to my own health declining. How do I go about relinquishing guardianship of him? Any and all advice is appreciated.