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Developmental Disabilities Awareness: 5 Ways to Protect Special Needs Family and Friends

Caring for a loved one with special mental, physical, or emotional needs can be scary and stressful. Special needs law is constantly improving to provide protective resources for the special needs community. Today, special needs individuals are living longer, healthier lives and many are facing a new issue they may not have considered in decades Read More

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The Brief History of the VA

I love history and a years ago as I was searching through the VA website, 1 I came across the fascinating history of the VA. Who knew that while our nation was growing and fighting for independence, and even before that, the system we call the Veteran’s Administration was growing with us? The beginning idea Read More

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Dear Estate Planning Clients:

We are aware of the current fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) especially for our older clientele, and our younger clients who fear passing the virus to older or fragile family  members. We are doing our part to avoid any unnecessary contact with clients and all future appointments will be by phone or webcam Read More

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What is in a letter of intent and Why is it Important?

If you are a parent of a special needs child, minor or adult, and you want to make sure your child’s care, and day to day life continues with as much normalcy as possible at your death, you should consider writing a letter of intent. A letter of intent is a set of instructions outlining Read More

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Is it Time for Gift Giving?

As we enter December, most of us begin thinking about giving gifts to those we love. Although retail stores have bombarded us with holiday decorations since October, once December rolls around it’s time to get serious. Many of my clients consider gifts of cash to their adult children taking advantage of the annual exclusion allowed Read More

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Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Incapacity- What’s the Difference?

Getting a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s can be devastating for a family.  In the past people were just labeled “old” or “forgetful”. It wasn’t discussed much as I remember growing up, but a lot has changed. These days dementia and Alzheimer’s is pretty much a topic you hear about, read about, and talk about Read More

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Conversations You Should Consider Having with Your Adult Children

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 More

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Caregiver Stress- A Caregiver Story

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 More

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2019 Medicaid Numbers

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 More

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Summary of Changes to the VA Pension Eligibility Rules

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 More

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