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Medicaid is the United States' health care safety net. It is an insurance program for low-income and needy people that provides health-related coverage for children, many seniors, and/or people who are disabled. A widespread and dangerous misconception is Medicare will cover long-term costs. In reality, Medicare benefits for long-term care... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Two recent studies on elder financial abuse were recently published— one suggesting the problem is far bigger than we think and the other suggesting it’s much smaller. In addition, there are a few government and private initiatives starting to seriously attack the scourge of financial exploitation of older Americans—considered the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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No matter how old you are, you're still your parents' child. Someday, however, they may need to rely on you for help when it comes to their finances. With an aging population, loved ones must grapple with how to help their elderly parents manage their finances. Regardless of whether you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Gaining control over our finances is usually at or near the top of all New Year’s resolutions. What many people don’t realize, though, is that good legal planning is an essential component of our financial health. Effective legal documents can protect us from costly divorces, lawsuits and exorbitant transfer taxes.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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The comedian Robin Williams hadn't been deceased for long when a fight erupted over some of his belongings. Williams' third wife and his three children from a previous marriage landed in court with a dispute over personal items, including Williams' watches. When assets are being passed on to children from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Leslie Sieleni found out her son had Down syndrome when he was 5 days old. Now 14, Sean Sieleni talks about driving a car, going to college, living on his own and getting a job. His mom supports those dreams, but she worries. One thing that eases her mind is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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An important issue in dealing with wealth transfer for blended families is how the assets flow to the surviving spouse and family members or after the death of the surviving spouse. Ensuring the surviving spouse and his/her children are financially secure while providing an inheritance to your biological children can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Massachusetts regulators appear to be falling short in ensuring that nursing homes follow rules designed to improve care for some of their most vulnerable patients, those with dementia, a Globe review shows. Nursing homes have been notably slow to implement the improvements: Some have not completed the required staff training... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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There doesn’t appear to be much doubt that Robin Williams conveyed his estate plans to his family in the years before his tragic suicide last summer. His full estate was left to a trust, which his three adult children will inherit. There was a prenuptial agreement between Williams and his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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The late, legendary DJ Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem and family members staged a press conference at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday to urge the Los Angeles Police Department to arrest Mr. Kasem's widow Jean Kasem. Jean Kasem removed Mr. Kasem, along with his surgically implanted feeding tube,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
Millennials. You've grown up in an ever-changing world of technology, pop culture and reality TV. Ask any other generation, and their list of career options wouldn't include professional blogger, mobile app creator or YouTube star. You've seen the stock market fall apart in 2009, and as a result you are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Accountants and financial advisors may be breathing a sigh of relief that there were no major new tax-law changes this year, but that doesn't mean they're happy about the higher taxes their clients are paying now compared to just a few years ago. But income taxes are higher. The top... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Legacy and estate planning with a Roth IRA may sound like a no-brainer. Roth IRAs intrinsically make phenomenal transfer of wealth vehicles. With reduced estate taxes and no income tax for heirs to pay on withdrawals, establishing a Roth IRA or even converting to one from a Traditional IRA seems... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Financial scammers who target elderly or vulnerable Minnesotans would face stiffer penalties under a law Gov. Mark Dayton included in his two-year budget proposal. The proposed law would tack on an additional $10,000 fine for consumer fraud crimes committed against vulnerable or older adults. That group could expand beyond seniors,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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You've read all the New Year's resolution money-advice articles with their suggestions, sometimes trite, “Skip your morning coffee and save a fortune!” and sometimes vague, “Spend less than you make!” Gee, thanks for that. Sometimes you just need useful, specific suggestions to get a money task done, cross it off... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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"If you live a long life, the chances are enormously high you're going to need some kind of care." Elder care advisors often disagree on the topic of long-term care insurance. Some say everyone should get it, others say it's never a good purchase. The truth is somewhere in between.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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One attorney calls it the "Get out of Dodge plan"—the best way to keep your assets intact before applying for Medicaid to cover nursing home costs. Medicaid is a federal program, but administered differently and with different regulations in each state. Some states, like Florida, have relatively lenient eligibility requirements... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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People have many options today for creating their own estate planning documents. Forms can be purchased quickly from websites and books. However, trying to create your own estate plan can actually be more expensive than hiring an attorney. Everyone wants to save money and sometimes doing things yourself, rather than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Retirement brings the freedom to explore a new stage of life. But for many, after years of working for others, it also means assuming responsibility for generating a paycheck for decades. A recent Wall Street Journal article, titled "Have the Right Tools for Retirement," five legal and financial steps to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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One day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Mrs. Palermo's copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Mr. Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed. Mr. and Mrs. Palermo had planned ahead... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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This spring, Florida lawmakers will have a chance to stem abuses in the state's little-understood adult guardianship system by taking up measures that would make it harder for guardians and attorneys to disregard the best interests of the wards they're supposed to protect. Critics say the process of stripping away... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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The government encourages saving for a college education by providing tax advantages through college savings plans. The world of these plans is a complicated one, with many, many alternatives available, each with slight variations and differences. To simplify, there are three basic tax advantaged vehicles to help save for college:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Tax and economic reforms are on the President’s agenda for 2015 as he seeks to close what he terms “unfair loopholes that are only available to the wealthy and big corporations” (perhaps another inappropriate use of the term “loophole”). Forbes recently detailed some of the key proposals from the President... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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What happens when a taxpayer disagrees with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? Some people think that the matter ends there: the IRS always wins, right? Not necessarily. There are a few ways to appeal an action with IRS. Ironically, most of those appeals actions are actually taken up with IRS... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia
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Developing a financially sustainable plan for retirement can be one of life's most stressful processes. Those considering retirement need time to look at the many factors – some of which are unknown – that affect us when we look into a future that we have not yet experienced firsthand. As... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia