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The Facility Said If I Pay for 2 Years then I’ll Get Medicaid (Part 1)

It’s a statement we hear frequently when someone calls our office with the following scenario.  Mom can no longer live at home alone so daughter, Carol, is exploring assisted living as an option.  She tours an assisted living facility and has a conversation with the Community Relations Director.  Carol asks the following question, “Do you […]

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What’s Your “88 Plan”?

It seems more and more to me, that dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are everywhere, but then, maybe as an elder law attorney I am more tuned to it.  In the last month three notable celebrities died or were diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s, actor, Peter Falk of Columbo fame, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, singer, Glen Campbell and […]

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A Mom Without a Home?

Mary called with the following story.  Mom had sold her home in New Jersey 8 years ago.  The plan was for Mom to live with Mary in New York.  However, her health deteriorated rapidly and she never moved in with Mary, instead living in an assisted living facility in New York.  Mom used the proceeds […]

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Do We Lose Benefits When Veteran Dies While Claim is Pending?

This is a common enough scenario, especially when it seems that the VA is taking longer to process claims than ever before.  As with most VA questions, however, the answer is not a simple yes or no.  It depends on the facts of the particular situation.   But first let’s review.  Specifically, we are talking about […]

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Elder Law Today Podcast Show #18 Continuing Care Retirement Communities

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Continuing care retirement communities can be a great option for many people. I can move into one community that can meet all my needs, from independent housing to assisted living to nursing home care as I need it. In Show 18 of his monthly elder law podcast, Yale Hauptman, a practicing elder law attorney, provides […]

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Elder Law Podcast Show #17 Why Do I Need a Will

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The law allows every person to distribute property according to their wishes by a written instrument known as a Last Will. However, many people never execute one and miss that opportunity, the consequences of which can be devastating to loved ones. In Show 17 of his monthly elder law podcast, Yale Hauptman, a practicing elder […]

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Elder Law Today Show #16 Mom is Not Capable of Handling Her Affairs – When is a Guardianship Appropriate

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Mom is unable to handle her affairs and either canât or wonât accept assistance from other family members. Or maybe one child lives close by and is taking advantage of mom and other family members, who live a distance away, are frustrated in their attempts to protect mom. Is guardianship a solution? In Show 16 […]

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Elder Law Today Podcast Show #15 – You Have Spent Down all Your Money and Still Can Not Get Medicaid How Could This Happen?

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You’ve spent down the remaining assets on Mom’s care and have no more money left. You apply for Medicaid but are told, “Sorry, Mom is not eligible for another 8 months.” How could this happen? What can you do to avoid this horrific outcome? In Show 15 of his monthly Elder Law Today Podcast, practicing […]

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Elder Law Today Podast Show #14 Married Couple – Crisis Long Term Care Planning

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So after listening to Show 13 you’re thinking, we should have taken action immediately after Dad’s diagnosis but didn’t so now what do we do? In the 14th installment of his audio podcast, Yale Hauptman discusses just that scenario, crisis planning.  Although the picture is more complicated all hope is not lost.  Yale discusses some […]

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Elder Law Today Podcast Show #13 Married Couple – Early Action Long Term Care Planning

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In the first show of Season 2 of his Elder Law Today Podcast, by listener request, Yale Hauptman has modified the format and shortened the length of his audio podcast. In a concise 10 minutes, Yale presents a common scenario that many families today are faced with. Dad has just recently been diagnosed with early […]

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