We Don’t Owe Estate Tax So What the Heck is Inheritance Tax?
I got a call from Joe last week. His brother Jim died 5 months ago. Jim had never married and had no children, leaving his estate of assets totaling $150,000 to Joe. Everything seemed so simple. There was no need to pay taxes, or so he thought, because there is
Should I Leave My Disabled Child’s Inheritance to a Sibling to Hold?
For a variety of reasons parents often wish to distribute their estates equally amongst their children but not necessarily to each child outright. That may be because the child has a disability, substance abuse problem, issues managing money or other financial problems. Many people attempt to solve this problem by
If I Apply for VA Benefits Can I Still Get Medicaid?
I am always explaining how the various sources of payment for long term care don’t mesh well together. That is certainly true when it comes to VA Aid and Attendance and Medicaid benefits. There are quite a few misconceptions. One is the idea that by receiving VA benefits in an
If We Apply for Nursing Home Medicaid are We Giving Up?
When working with families struggling with the sudden realization that long term nursing care is necessary for a loved one, two issues so often cause internal conflict. One is the fear that, at $10,000 a month or more, “we’re going to run out of money”. The other is the desire