Avoid Guardianship

Let me get straight to the point: Guardianship is terrible. You can generally avoid guardianship by having valid, well-crafted Powers of Attorney that are drafted and signed while you are competent and acting on your own free volition.

Guardianship is a court-run process where any person can petition the court to hold that another person...

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Special Blog: Medicare Matters

 

The Federal Government’s Medicare program, which most seniors over 65 enroll in, is a good Health Insurance plan, except for one very small fact. Along with various co-pays and deductibles that you need to pay along the way, Medicare only pays for 80% of your Medical bills. If you quickly do...

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Special Needs Trusts

Special Needs Trusts are designed to permit financial resources to remain available to assist a disabled individual who receives or may receive in the future, Medicaid/Medical Assistance and SSI benefits. The trust, when set up properly, protects the resources from im

Special Needs Trusts are designed to permit financial resources to...

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Guest Blog: Reverse Mortgage Update

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Want to know more about reverse mortgages? Our friend Mary Spencer of Univest Bank & Trust Co. wrote this article recently. Her contact information is below if you have further...

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Elder Planning – Personal Services Contracts

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Morningstar recently published their 75...

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Special Needs Trusts: The Basics

 

If you wish to provide for a loved one with either a medical or educational disability, a Special Needs Trust is usually the best option to achieve this goal.

It is a detriment to any person that receives public benefits (SSI, Medicaid, etc.) if they are provided money outright. Therefore, a Special Needs...

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Medicaid Myths

Five Myths About Medicaid’s Long-Term Care Coverage

Most folks are more familiar with Medicare, while Medicaid remains a mystery to most of us. Often times, we use the two words interchangeably. The fact is that Medicaid is the largest source for funding nursing home care, but there are many myths about exactly who qualifies for...
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When To Plan

 

When is the right time to start planning your estate? It really depends on your concern, but we help a range of people plan, from those in their 20's through the 90's.

It is especially important to plan if you have young children, or are newly married. You need to ensure a guardian...

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Medicaid and Immediate Annuities

Immediate annuities are advanced planning tools used by elder law and asset protection attorneys to assist married nursing home residents qualify for Medicaid (called Medical Assistance or MA in Pennsylvania) coverage while making sure the healthy spouse has sufficient income, and also to help preserve a portion of the estate for the families of...

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