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Last week I talked about some of the important Medicaid and VA numbers that will increase  in 2021.  This week we’ll review some more adjustments for 2021 in some of the other government programs and taxes relevant to our clients. Medicare Part B premiums will increase slightly next year.  Most people pay the standard

Whenever I talk to a family whose loved one is close to spending down the required amount of assets to qualify for Medicaid, the topic of burial expenses comes up.  Most people are aware that Medicaid permits setting aside funds to cover the burial but many are a bit fuzzy on

The global pandemic has caused havoc in everyone’s life. The immediate effects of the current crisis are obviously negative. Out of every crisis, however, there are often some positive changes. New York was the first region in the country to be hard hit by Covid. Hospitals were overwhelmed and as

In the 11 years that I have been writing this blog it has been a rare week that I have missed posting anything.  For 25 years I have focused my practice on the field of elder law - helping to guide families through life’s transitions – as our tag line says.  Aging and

 Just last week the New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision regarding Medicaid that provides a road map for anyone hiring aides at home who hopes to qualify for Medicaid benefits when private funds run out.  The case itself is unpublished which means it cannot be relied on as precedent in future cases.  Nevertheless, it gives

I recent call I received from Mary illustrates the risks of do it yourself estate planning.  In this case  Mary and john, her husband prepared their wills using Quicken’s Willmaker software which can be purchased online for less than $100.  It couldn’t be easier, right?  Hiring an estate planning attorney could cost several hundred to a

Last week, I heard the statistic reported that the number of Covid-19 related deaths has now exceeded the number of people who died in the Vietnam War.  The Vietnam War, of course, spanned 11 years while the current pandemic has been ongoing for a few months at this point. The compressed