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Many of the programs that, as elder law attorneys, we deal with daily, such as VA Aid and Attendance and Medicaid, are adjusted annually to account for changes in the cost of living ie. inflation. The Social Security Administration announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.5% in benefits starting

Last week we were examining Mary Jane’s problem getting Medicaid for her mom.  Specifically, the issue was a joint account held by mother and daughter. Into that account, Mary Jane deposited her income which she used to pay for household bills, such as utilities, real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance etc.  She

Last week we were discussing George’s problem.  He was rapidly spending down Mom’s assets and preparing to apply for Medicaid when he discovered that she and Dad owned some stock.  He could not, however, locate the physical stock certificates.  What to do? We asked George if he could find an account

What happens if you need to apply for Medicaid and you know there are assets but you can’t locate them?  We were working with George to prepare his mother for Medicaid.  He was spending down her remaining assets when he discovered some papers that suggested she might own some stock