Changing Demographics – Part 3

In last week’s post I explained the differences between domestic partnership, civil union and marriage when talking about the rights of same sex couples. So how does this impact the issues faced by aging LGBT seniors? Married vs. single has an impact on taxes. Different thresholds and rates apply to married couples and single individuals […]

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Changing Demographics – Part 2

In last week’s post I began discussing some of the unique issues faced by seniors who are part of the LGBT community.  Only within the past 20 years or so has marriage been an option for same sex couples.  It is still an evolving area of the law as various states address or decline to […]

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Changing Demographics – Part 1

In past blog posts I have written about the changes in the demographic makeup of our aging population and the issues they face.  The LGBT community encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.  Historically, this community has experienced disapproval of and discrimination against its members although much has changed in the last half century. There […]

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A Family Theft – Part 4

In this week’s post I give you the conclusion to Joe’s saga involving his sister Sophie’s Medicaid application.  As I explained in last week’s post, things didn’t go according to our expectation.  When we filed a civil lawsuit seeking to collect the amounts Mary took from Sophie I expected that she would ignore the lawsuit […]

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A Family Theft – Part 3

Last year I wrote about a family theft and its implications for Medicaid eligibility (Blog posts on 9/24/18 and 10/1/18). To summarize, we needed to apply for Medicaid for Sophie, who could no longer live at home but now needed nursing home care. She had lived with her sister Mary, who handled her finances for […]

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Right Way and the Wrong Way to Help Out Parents (Part 2)

       In last week’s post I was explaining the wrong way for children to chip in financially to help their parents. The wrong way can cause ineligibility periods for Medicaid and VA benefits. It can also eliminate the ability of the parents to repay the children when they do sell their house.   […]

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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Help Out Parents

       Families look after each other. They pitch in when a member needs help. As an elder law attorney, I see this quite often. It can be an aging parent helping out an adult child in need due to financial difficulties caused by illness, job loss or divorce. It can also be an […]

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Guest Spot on Jersey Matters

       Laurie and I were guests recently on the public affairs television show, Jersey Matters with host Larry Mendte.  We spoke about elder law in general and the need to prepare for long term care.  You can view the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnsxYKtJbgA

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Why My Money is Really Our Money – Part 2

       In last week’s article I was discussing the common misunderstanding that spouses often have that the State can’t touch my assets if my spouse needs Medicaid. It’s simply not true and distresses people when I explain it. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to protect some or possibly all of those […]

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Why My Money is Really Our Money – Part 1

       When discussing Medicaid I find that many people understand the asset limit – that one can have no more than $2000 in assets to qualify for Medicaid. What many misunderstand, however, is the asset limitation for married couples. A common response especially from the healthy spouse in a second marriage when I […]

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