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Protecting Your IRAs And Other Qualified Money

Protecting Your IRAs And Other Qualified Money

Huge numbers of married people have worked hard and saved money through the years in IRA’s, 401Ks, or 403B’s to use in their retirement. IRS and tax consultants call these “Qualified” assets because they qualify under the tax laws to defer income taxes until funds are taken out of the “Qualified” account. But if one spouse’s health declines to the point where long term care is needed, either at home or in an institution, prior planning can make all the difference in the world between losing most of that nest egg to long term care, or preserving it for the healthy spouse to live on.

Planning Your Estate

Planning Your Estate

When it comes to planning an estate there are as many variations as there are people and families. There is no one size fits all, although there are certain planning considerations common to all. If you are single, healthy, and have no children and like most everyone are below $7.1 million of assets, you need the basic documents, which are a will or revocable trust to pass on assets to whoever you wish to inherit. But if you have elderly parents, who are at the age where they may need long term care, it may be wise to set up a trust that will not count against them if they need Medicaid to pay for care. You also need a durable power of attorney so that a trusted person, usually a family member, can handle your financial affairs if you cannot. You also should have a living will naming a health care representative to make medical decisions for you if you cannot. A HIPAA form to talk with medical providers is advisable.

Who Does What

Who Does What

Unless you handle estate planning and elder law issues every day, it can be confusing about what person or document you need to handle your legal and financial affairs, if you cannot handle them yourself due to sickness, death or absence. Let’s start for everyone over 18, the age of majority. Assuming that person is competent, it is wise to have one or more trusted persons named in a power of attorney to handle financial affairs in case of incapacity. That person used to be called an “attorney in fact”, which was confusing, so about five years ago the power of attorney law in Connecticut changed the designation to “agent”..

Communicating With Relatives

Communicating With Relatives

Many people know that Medicare will pay for rehabilitation services in a nursing home if the patient has had a three day inpatient admission to a hospital. A physician must order the care in a nursing home and it must be related to the condition that resulted in the hospital services. Practically speaking, the care must only be available on an inpatient basis. The person must need to receive seven days a week of nursing home care, or skilled therapy five days a week or some combination seven days a week. This is the normal rehabilitation families know about.

How To Afford Homecare

How To Afford Homecare

Many people know that Medicare will pay for rehabilitation services in a nursing home if the patient has had a three day inpatient admission to a hospital. A physician must order the care in a nursing home and it must be related to the condition that resulted in the hospital services. Practically speaking, the care must only be available on an inpatient basis. The person must need to receive seven days a week of nursing home care, or skilled therapy five days a week or some combination seven days a week. This is the normal rehabilitation families know about.

How Holidays Affect Those With Alzheimer’s

How Holidays Affect Those With Alzheimer’s

Many people know that Medicare will pay for rehabilitation services in a nursing home if the patient has had a three day inpatient admission to a hospital. A physician must order the care in a nursing home and it must be related to the condition that resulted in the hospital services. Practically speaking, the care must only be available on an inpatient basis. The person must need to receive seven days a week of nursing home care, or skilled therapy five days a week or some combination seven days a week. This is the normal rehabilitation families know about.

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