By Teresa Bowman | Published July 31, 2019 | |
As we age it’s a good idea of start thinking about tidy’s up our lives. I’m not taking about “Marie Kondoing” your home. (If you don’t know who she is, well then think about Mary Poppins and her idea of clean). No, I’m talking about putting things in order so that if we need help Read MoreRead More
About a year ago a very nice couple came to see me to discuss long term care planning. Both were dressed nicely and as I introduced myself, the husband told me that his wife had dementia so she might not understand everything being said during the meeting. She was very pleasant and said hello and Read MoreRead More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2019 federal guidelines for how much money the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep, as well as related Medicaid figures. In 2019, the spouse of a Medicaid recipient living in a nursing home (called the “community spouse”) may keep as much as $126,420 Read MoreRead More
Medicare’s hospice benefit covers any care that is reasonable and necessary for easing the course of a terminal illness. It is one of Medicare’s most comprehensive benefits and can be extremely helpful to both the terminally ill individual and his or her family, but it is little understood and underutilized. Understanding what is offered ahead of Read MoreRead More
On October 18, 2018, new rules regarding eligibility for VA pension were implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The new rules are quite comprehensive, however, they also provide more opportunities to qualify for these important benefits. The major changes are outlined below. Lookback and penalty period. There is now a look-back period of Read MoreRead More
Just this week I received two emails from prior clients with issues related to a Medicaid application filed by a non-attorney. In both cases, I can help correct the errors, but the errors would not have been made if the person filing the application had advised the person to seek the counsel of an elder Read MoreRead More
As we head into hurricane season, its important to be prepared in the event you need to evacuate your home. A lot of us were scrambling last year when hurricane Irma hit central Florida. I’ve read accounts of this same thing happening for those affected by the raging fires, so being prepared for any type Read MoreRead More
October is Special Needs Law month. Special needs law is a complex area of the law and requires legal advice from an experienced practitioner. If you have a child, or adult family member with special needs, knowing what benefits and services are available to them, and how to protect those benefits as they age, is Read MoreRead More
My Special Needs Child is Turning 18 – How Do I Prepare? It is a milestone in every parent’s life when a child turns 18. The child is now an adult, and while many responsibilities now shift from the parent to the child, parents still want to be involved in helping their young adult make Read MoreRead More
Special Needs Community and Their Advocates Win Again As a proud member of The Special Needs Alliance I follow closely the changes that affect my special needs clients. One of the most satisfying changes to see was the one shared this month in the Alliance Newsletter, The Voice. This change in the law, correcting an Read MoreRead More
"The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) – the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law, has announced that Teresa K. Bowman, Esq., of Sarasota has successfully completed its examination leading to such certification."
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