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The Importance of A Life Care Plan

The Importance of A Life Care Plan

As our parents age, we all know that at some point extra help may be needed to stay at home.  That extra help may be from family, neighbors, or paid workers. There are issues of care, safety, socialization, nutrition, and medications to be addressed. There are Connecticut, federal, and VA programs potentially available to help. There are legal requirements and planning documents necessary to navigate the numerous rules and laws. It is a puzzle of interconnecting pieces, and is actually harder than that 1000 piece puzzle you struggled to put together as a child.

Important Rules on Medicaid Planning for a Married Couple

Important Rules on Medicaid Planning for a Married Couple

Last week I presented a seminar to attorneys at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Bar Association. The topic was Medicaid Planning for a Married Couple, and since it is fresh in my mind, it is a good time to again review those rules, as they can be confusing.

A Mother

A Mother's Day Card

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, a trip to the card display was in order. As everyone knows, just any card won’t do for your mother. Not for the wonderful person who gave birth to you, nurtured you, fed you, cured the pain on your bruised shin, and overall gave you the unconditional love and warmth and feeling of security that let you grow and bloom into the adult you have become.

Life Insurance and Medicaid

Life Insurance and Medicaid

Every time someone applies for Medicaid (Title 19), the Connecticut Department of Social Services reviews all of that person’s assets, and if married, both spouses’ assets. It often comes as a surprise to people, but that includes examining life insurance policies. It can be an unwelcome surprise if the policy has to be cashed in, because many people plan on life insurance to pay for their funeral.

Will I Lose My Home?

Will I Lose My Home?

Not a week goes by without a husband or wife calling for information and advice because one of them needs significant care, including the possibility of nursing home placement.  They are fearful and suffering great stress, because not only is it heart wrenching to see a spouse reduced to dependence on others, but there is a tremendous fear that they are going to lose their home.

The Right Way Vs. The Wrong Way

The Right Way Vs. The Wrong Way

Often in life there is more than one way to do something.  In most cases, the outcome is the same.  But when you are dealing with legal matters, there is likely a “right way” and “wrong way”.  The right way complies with the law and gets you the results the law intended and you have succeeded.  The wrong way does not meet the requirements of the law and you have failure, or even worse, a violation of the law with possible penalties.

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