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South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

Covers nursing home abuse and litigation. By Poliakoff & Associates.

http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/
  • Aug 30

    “Frighteningly Common”

    “Frighteningly Common”
    A woman in her 70s was the victim of sexual assault at the hands of another resident. The Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, run by Carewest, said the assault was an isolated incident. An 83 year old male resident was found in the woman’s room,…
  • Aug 29

    Suspect Arrested

    Suspect Arrested
    An elderly female resident was raped at the Autumn Leaves Memory Care Center. Stephen Reed, 61 year old caretaker at the facility, was the main suspect. He was arrested and faces a charge of first degree rape while the woman was mentally…
  • Aug 28

    Not For Profit Status Challenged

    Not For Profit Status Challenged
    The Ledger reported that a lawsuit alleging that neglect and mismanagement led to a woman’s death was filed in July against Lakeland Hills Rehabilitation Center, two past administrators of Lakeland Hills Center and companies…
Rank this Week: 109

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Covers common problems encountered by residents and their families aat nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By Jonathan Rosenfeld.

http://www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/
  • Jun 30

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry
    As work continues on a 23,000-square-foot memory care center in Weston Wisconsin, it is important to remember that this is just one of the many facilities currently being built throughout the country. Because of the increased number of people…
  • Jun 23

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie
    The Rookery home in Walcott found out that mealtimes could in fact be dangerous – and in this case even fatal. Paul Relton had a specific care plan that specified that he required one-to-one supervision when he was eating. His food also…
  • Jun 16

    Reports From Nursing Home Inspections Frequently Lag Behind

    Reports From Nursing Home Inspections Frequently Lag Behind
    When Mary Chiu discovered the bedsores that her 85-year old mother was struggling with, she was shocked to say the least. Her mother suffered bedsores on her big toe, heel, left leg, and the one on her backside was deep enough to where it…
Rank this Week: 241

Elder Law Prof Blog

Elder Law Prof Blog

Edited by Kim Dayton, Rebecca C. Morgan and Katherine C. Pearson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/
  • Aug 29

    "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me"

    "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me"
    Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzhemier's disease in 2011, and with his wife, he bravely told the public. What happened next -- on his "Goodbye Tour"-- has been turned into a vivid, moving film. The trailer of "Glen Campbell…
  • Aug 29

    Kaiser Health News: Will Calif. Governor Sign Legislation Limiting Medicaid Estate Recovery?

    Kaiser Health News: Will Calif. Governor Sign Legislation Limiting Medicaid Estate Recovery?
    From Kaiser Health News (in partnership with NPR and Capitol Public Radio): "A bill passed by the California legislature this week is putting Gov. Jerry Brown in a delicate position: Sign the measure and support consumer demands for a…
  • Aug 28

    The Latest Ruling on "The Most Litigated Will In History"

    The Latest Ruling on "The Most Litigated Will In History"
    Pennsylvania has a long and colorful history with charitable trusts and bequests coming from wealthy entrepreneurs, including the histories of The Barnes Foundation and The Hershey Trust, both of which have generated "classic" cases…
Rank this Week: 304

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer…

Florida Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers estate planning, probate, taxes, elder law, business law and employment law issues. By Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC.

http://www.floridaestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before

    Estate Planning: Dealing with your digital death instead of before
    Portland company WebCease is making waves in the probate and estate-planning community by helping attorneys and grieving families locate the deceased's digital accounts. CEO Glenn Williamson aims to be the first to provide this service to…
  • Aug 18

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign

    Three Documents Every 18-Year-Old Should Sign
    As most young adults are about to return to college, most parents do not think about the fact that not that their child is 18 they are an adult in the eyes of the law. Deborah Jacobs has written an article on this in Forbes outlining two…
  • Aug 14

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?

    Do I need to go through a lawyer to make a will in Florida or can I use a website like legalzoom?
    You can use a website or create your own will in Florida, but we find that some people do not create valid wills, or create wills that do things other than what they want. We only charge $200 for a will so an online will does not save very…
Rank this Week: 481

Elder Law Office of David Wingate,…

Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC

Covers elder law, assisted living facilities, estate planning, and nursing homes.

http://blog.davidwingate.com/
  • Mar 8

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Related proposals pertaining to qualified plans and individual retirement accounts. In addition, the Green Book includes the following proposals that pertain to qualified plans and IRAs: A limit on the total accrual of retirement benefits by…
  • Mar 7

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)

    Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning - 2015 What Will Happen? (Contd)
    Sales, exchanges and “comparable transactions” with grantor trusts. The Obama Administration would attempt to address the disconnect between the income tax rules and the estate tax rules that apply to intentionally defective grantor…
  • Mar 7

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard

    Social Security Ups Disability Safeguard
    The Social Security Administration is expanding a program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The program originally launched as a pilot in the…
Rank this Week: 554

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Covers Illinois nursing homes and information for nursing home residents, family members, ombudsmen, resident advocates, elder law attorneys and nursing home staff. By Levin & Perconti.

http://blog.levinperconti.com/
  • Aug 30

    High Profile Report - Faulty Medicare Rating System?

    High Profile Report - Faulty Medicare Rating System?
    Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are among the many health care providers that can submit reimbursements to Medicare and Medicaid, which are federal programs administered through the states, for expenses incurred for treating and…
  • Aug 28

    Nursing Home Settles False Claims Act Case

    Nursing Home Settles False Claims Act Case
    The False Claims Act is a law that allows for the government to sue those who have allegedly defrauded the federal government. These lawsuits can also be filed by individual citizens who believe they have uncovered evidence of fraud against…
  • Aug 25

    Speaking Up - Whistleblowers Help Avert Healthcare Fraud

    Speaking Up - Whistleblowers Help Avert Healthcare Fraud
    Whistleblowers have played a vital role in weeding out illegal practices in the private sector, abuse of authority, waste, fraud and gross mismanagement in government agencies, and improper activities in international institutions. As we have…
Rank this Week: 629

The Official Medicare Blog and…

The Official Medicare Blog and Information Resource

Follows the issues related to Medicare Set Asides and MMSEA compliance. By MEDVAL, LLC.

http://www.medval.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP
    CMS posted an alert on the Workers’ Compensation Set-Aside Web Portal (WCMSAP) page indicating a new feature to be available as of October 6, 2014. As of this date, portal users will be able to enter prescription drug information…
  • Aug 1

    S.2731 – Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2013 Introduced to Senate

    S.2731 – Medicare Secondary Payer and Workers’ Compensation Settlement Agreements Act of 2013 Introduced to Senate
    On July 31, 2014, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida introduced the Senate version of H.R. 1982. Currently co-sponsored only by Senator Rob Portman, the bill was read twice, referred to the Committee on Finance and then the Senate promptly began…
  • Jul 31

    3rd Circuit Affirms MSP Obligations are not Subject to NJ Collateral Source Statute

    3rd Circuit Affirms MSP Obligations are not Subject to NJ Collateral Source Statute
    On July 29, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed that Cecelia Taransky was required to reimburse Medicare regardless of the New Jersey’s collateral source statute. Ms. Taransky contended that she was prohibited…
Rank this Week: 651

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers national and New York based elder neglect and nursing home abuse news. Published By Gallivan & Gallivan.

http://www.newyorknursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 22

    Federal Report: Medicare Paid $5.1 Billion to Nursing Homes that Failed to Meet Quality-of-Care Standard

    Federal Report: Medicare Paid $5.1 Billion to Nursing Homes that Failed to Meet Quality-of-Care Standard
    The United States Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report in March 2014 summarizing 25 key findings and recommendations pertaining to health care facilities throughout the nation. The report, titled "Compendium of Priority…
  • Aug 22

    Nursing Home Fined Over $6K for Stocking Expired Medication

    Nursing Home Fined Over $6K for Stocking Expired Medication
    As part of a routine certification survey conducted in September 2013, officials with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) fined the Lutheran Retirement Home, a 174-bed facility located in Jamestown, New York, for numerous…
  • Jul 11

    Nursing Home Fined Over $22K after Unsupervised Resident Dies While Eating

    Nursing Home Fined Over $22K after Unsupervised Resident Dies While Eating
    The New York State Department of Health (DOH) fined Glengariff Health Care Center, a 262-bed facility located in Glen Cove, New York, $22,879 for numerous deficiencies that contributed to the death of a 65-year-old resident. The affected…
Rank this Week: 828

California Nursing Home Abuse…

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers various nursing home abuse and elder neglect issues such as signs and symptoms of neglect, and California Elder Abuse and Neglect Law. By Walton Law Firm LLP.

http://www.nursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 27

    Medicare Star Ratings and Quality of Care

    Medicare Star Ratings and Quality of Care
    Five-Star Nursing Homes May Not the Best Indicator of Care Are Medicare star ratings good predictors for the quality of care at nursing homes?  According to a recent article in the New York Times, a facility with a five-star rating…
  • Aug 20

    Assisted Living Reforms Are Not Enough, Some Advocates Say

    Assisted Living Reforms Are Not Enough, Some Advocates Say
    Many of us have heard about assisted living facility reforms pending before the California legislature, as well as those aimed specifically at residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs).  But are those reforms sufficient to…
  • Aug 11

    California Needs a Tech Upgrade: Online Information and Assisting Living Facilitie

    California Needs a Tech Upgrade: Online Information and Assisting Living Facilitie
    It’s no secret that California assisted living facilities have been in the national news due to reports of nursing home abuse and neglect.  Indeed, over the last year, elder rights advocates have emphasized the need to make…
Rank this Week: 907

All About Estates

All About Estates

Covers estates, trusts, tax, litigation, guardianship and elder care.

http://www.allaboutestates.ca/
  • Jun 11

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint

    A medical perspective on Estate matters – a chastened viewpoint
    I am very pleased to join the Allaboutestates blog to add a perspective on the role of the physician in estate matters. I recall vividly the first time I was asked in court: “Dr. Shulman, in your opinion did Mr. X have testamentary…
  • Jun 10

    Who is Your Daddy?

    Who is Your Daddy?
    I think it is safe to say that the concept of “family” is a foundational principle in estate planning. I think it is also safe to say that, when asked, all of us would have a very clear understanding of what is meant by the term…
  • Jun 9

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2

    POA- Personal Care: Part 1/2
    My work is with the living. POA’s are critical documents that are designed to support your wishes, while you are alive. Wills deal with your wishes, after you are dead.
Rank this Week: 861

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
  • Jun 27

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing

    The Aereo Decision & Cloud Computing
    In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Aereo's service, which converts and subsequently (re)transmits over-the-air television broadcasts in near real time to Aereo's customers via the…
Rank this Week: 1115

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Aug 27

    Eroding Gains from Part D Medicare

    Eroding Gains from Part D Medicare
    When Medicare was expanded in 2003, the expansion that established prescription drug coverage was called a "promise, a solemn promise, to America's seniors." Part D Medicare officially took effect in 2006, but still some seniors were afraid…
  • Aug 25

    Study Finds Many Problems Lead to Elderly Suicide

    Study Finds Many Problems Lead to Elderly Suicide
    At the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers presented a study that showed that older adults contemplating suicide do not cite depression as the primary reason. More often, seniors blame their…
  • Aug 21

    Nursing Home Offering Care for Elderly Drug Addict

    Nursing Home Offering Care for Elderly Drug Addict
    The Jewish Home Lifecare nursing home is starting a new program later this month geared towards patients suffering from both elderly ills and addiction issues. This unusual rehabilitation program is the first of its kind in the country.…
Rank this Week: 1194

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Aug 27

    When It Is Time For Your Parents To Move

    When It Is Time For Your Parents To Move
    Moving is stressful. But for an older person who may be forced to give up his or her home — and possibly independence — it can be downright traumatic. However, an article in the Wall Street Journal on line offered some tips on how…
  • Aug 20

    Williams and Hoffman: Trusts vs. Will

    Williams and Hoffman: Trusts vs. Will
    The recent deaths of celebrities Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams illustrate the differences in using a will as opposed to trusts when making an estate plan. An article in Florida Today pointed out why trusts are likely better than…
  • Aug 13

    How To Choose Members Of Your Estate Plan Team

    How To Choose Members Of Your Estate Plan Team
    Everyone needs at least three estate planning documents. These include a power of attorney for health care, one for finances and a will. But how do you choose the people to name in your estate planning documents? An article in the Atlanta…
Rank this Week: 1074

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Jul 31

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning
    In the Oscar-winning 1979 documentary “Best Boy,” director Ira Wohl spent three years filming the life and times of his middle-aged cousin, a New York City man with a developmental disability everyone called Philly, although his…
  • Jul 24

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind

    Proper Estate Planning Can Ease Everyone’s Mind
    While death is just as inevitable as taxes, dying without being properly prepared is not. Proper estate planning, one that delves into as many contingencies as possible, can provide great comfort to not only the person reaching the end of the…
  • Jul 17

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One

    Planning For Death, Like Estate Planning, Is A Last Gift To Loved One
    Proper estate planning is like a gift people give to their loved ones and possibly to organizations they wish to include in the disbursement of their holdings. Another gift, one that is much more emotionally charged but equally important, is…
Rank this Week: 1113

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1291

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    Questions Raised Over Data Cited in Approval of Painkiller

    Questions Raised Over Data Cited in Approval of Painkiller
    The Wall Street Journal reports that some are questioning whether the FDA relied on inflated numbers of people suffering from chronic pain to justify its move to approve the opioid painkiller Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate). The…
  • Aug 28

    Dietary Supplement Recalled Over Presence of Cholesterol Medicine

    Dietary Supplement Recalled Over Presence of Cholesterol Medicine
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Doctor’s Best, which makes vitamin supplements, is “recalling more than 7,300 bottles of its ‘Best Red Yeast Rice’” product after FDA tests found it contained…
  • Aug 27

    How to Encourage Your Parents to Seek Out Better Living Arrangement

    How to Encourage Your Parents to Seek Out Better Living Arrangement
    When you were young, your parents always took care of you, and now the time has come to return the favor. Attending to their needs may involve driving them to the shops, doing their spring cleaning and encouraging them to … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1623

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse…

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Blog

Covers Illinois Nursing Home Abuse, news, updates and commentary. Published by Pintas & Mullins Law Firm.

http://www.illinoisnursinghomeabuselawyersblog.com/
  • Aug 26

    Medicare Star Ratings May Do More Harm Than Good

    Medicare Star Ratings May Do More Harm Than Good
    Choosing a nursing home for yourself or a loved one can be among the most decisions difficult of your life. In a culture increasingly dependent on the internet, Medicare's nursing home ranking website is exceedingly popular. There are more…
  • Aug 20

    Nursing Home Complaints Can Now be Submitted Online

    Nursing Home Complaints Can Now be Submitted Online
    Illinois Governor Quinn recently signed into law two pieces of legislation that will help nursing home residents voice concerns about their care. The first law, effective immediately, allows these complaints to be submitted electronically…
  • Aug 13

    Illinois Revokes License of Nursing Home Psychiatrist

    Illinois Revokes License of Nursing Home Psychiatrist
    A popular Chicago psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Reinstein, recently had his license suspended by the Illinois medical board due to his illegal prescribing of clozapine, an antipsychotic. He prescribed the dangerous drug to countless nursing home…
Rank this Week: 1460

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 24

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?

    Can You Revoke a Quebec Notarial Will by Destroying a True Copy?
    A notary in Quebecalways retains the original of a notarial will and registers it under the Quebec Civil Code. Despite the usual rule in British Columbia that an executor must probate the original will, an exception is made for…
  • Aug 6

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death

    Changes to Canadian Charitable Donation Tax Credits for Charitable Gifts on Death
    In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government has proposed changes to the treatment of charitable gifts in wills or beneficiary designations. Essentially, if you include a gift to a charity in your will, under the new tax law, the gift will…
  • Aug 4

    Should Professional Trustees be Held to a Higher Standard?

    Should Professional Trustees be Held to a Higher Standard?
    In view of the complexity and time that may be required to administer an estate or act as trustee of a trust, it sometimes makes good sense to appoint a professional trustee to act as executor of a will or as a trustee in a trust (for…
Rank this Week: 1671

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
  • Aug 7

    I Don’t Want My Daughter’s Ex-Husband to Get Any of My Estate!

    I Don’t Want My Daughter’s Ex-Husband to Get Any of My Estate!
    By Attorney Ted Brown One of the many benefits of a Living Trust is that it allows you a great deal of flexibility to customize distribution of your assets at your death to avoid undesirable and unintended consequences. One such consequence…
Rank this Week: 1678

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

The Connecticut Elder Law Blog

News, stories, thoughts and insight on elder law in Connecticut. By Michael J. Keenan.

http://ctelderlawblog.typepad.com/the_connecticut_elder_law/
  • Jun 26

    Firecracker 5K!

    Firecracker 5K!
    The law practice was a proud Silver Sponsor of the Firecracker 5K Road Race last weekend here in Glastonbury, CT. It was the first time that all three of my boys ran in a road race together (first-ever race for...
  • Jun 25

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone

    Carry Your Advanced Medical Directives on Your Smart Phone
    This may be the best "document maintenance" tip I've ever come across: Keep a copy of your health care instructions (a.k.a. advanced medical directives) on your smart phone and have your health care agent do the same. The health care...
  • Jun 18

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?

    What are Your Odds of a Future Nursing Home Placement?
    Whenever I sit down with clients to plan ahead for Medicaid eligibility we spend a lot of time walking through the worst-case scenario of permanent nursing home placement, thereby triggering approximately $12,000 per month in nursing home…
Rank this Week: 1736

Michigan Nursing Home Lawyer

Michigan Nursing Home Lawyer

By Daniel L. Buckfire.

http://www.michigannursinghomelawyer.org
  • Jun 19

    $ 195,000.00 Bedsore Settlement Against Nursing Home

    $ 195,000.00 Bedsore Settlement Against Nursing Home
    Our Michigan nursing home attorneys recently settled a bedsore case against a Wayne County, Michigan skilled nursing care facility.   The nursing home resident was a determined to be a high risk for developing pressure sores at the…
  • Apr 3

    Failure to Provide Wound Care For Bedsores & Decubitus Ulcer

    Failure to Provide Wound Care For Bedsores & Decubitus Ulcer
    Our medical negligence lawyers represent patients and nursing home residents who develop bed sores and decubitus ulcers while in a Michigan health care facility. These conditions develop because the nursing home staff failed to take the…
  • Mar 19

    Fecal Impaction & Bowel Obstructions in Nursing Home

    Fecal Impaction & Bowel Obstructions in Nursing Home
    The nursing home neglect lawyers handle cases involving the failure to diagnose and treat a bowel obstruction, or fecal impaction, in a nursing home resident.  A fecal impaction is a medical emergency that can be fatal if there is a…
Rank this Week: 1656

Davidov Law Group

Davidov Law Group

Covers new York elder law and estate planning.

http://www.davidovlaw.com/blog/
  • May 29

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?

    What Is the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Power of Attorney?
    A comprehensive estate plan will include an incapacity planning component. A significant percentage of senior citizens become incapacitated to one extent or another. While there are other causes of incapacity, around 45 percent of those who…
  • May 28

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?

    Do I Control Assets Placed Into a Revocable Living Trust?
    It is important to understand all of your options when you are planning your estate. You may automatically assume that you should use a last will. While you can certainly go this route, you may also want to consider the creation of a…
  • May 27

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?

    What Is the Five-Year Medicaid Look-Back?
    As you get older, you may begin to think long and hard about the eventualities of aging. When you look at the statistics, you will find that most American senior citizens will need help with their day-to-day needs eventually. Long-term care…
Rank this Week: 1618

Massachusetts Estate Planning,…

Massachusetts Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Features a blend of common sense info for clients and family caregivers and in-depth probate, tax and Medicaid analysis for lawyers & CPAs. By Brian E. Barreira.

http://elderlaw.info/
Rank this Week: 1534

The Elder Firm, LLC

The Elder Firm, LLC

Covers elder law, estate planning, and Missouri Medicaid eligibility.

http://www.columbiaelderlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1599

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli…

Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Covers New Jersey elder law and estate planning.

http://www.dvanarelli.com/blog
Rank this Week: 1681

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Toronto Estates & Trusts Monitor

Discusses the complications, pitfalls, and the overall state of affairs of trusts and estates in Canada. By Megan F. Connolly.

http://www.torontoestatemonitor.com/
  • Mar 7

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse

    A Faulty Settlement and Some Buyer's Remorse
    The recent decision of the Superior Court of Justice in the Murphy Estate considers what happens when parties to a proceeding settle a matter on the basis of faulty facts and one of the parties suffers from “buyer’s remorse”. 
  • Mar 5

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt

    Some Tips on Paying Estate Debt
    One of an estate trustee’s duties is to pay the debts that a deceased individual owed when he or she died.  As I have previously discussed, the estate trustee is generally not personally liable for the deceased’s debts – they are paid…
  • Feb 29

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One

    Expecting An Inheritance? You Might Not Be Getting One
    Investor’s Group, a financial services company in Canada, recently released the results of a survey regarding people’s expectations when it comes to receiving an inheritance or leaving one to others. 
Rank this Week: 1752

Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax…

Wisconsin Estate Planning and Tax Law Blog

Commentary on estate planning, tax law, and elder law. By Nathan J. Dosch.

http://www.wisconsinestateandtaxblog.com/
  • Apr 12

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Upcoming Webinar: Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    On Wednesday, April 20th at 11am (central) Digital Estate Planning, LLC is sponsoring 1.5 hour seminar titled, "Estate Planning for Digital Assets."  I will be presenting along with Attorney Joe Boucher from Neider & Boucher, S.C. and…
  • Apr 1

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset

    Wisconsin Lawyer Article on Estate Planning for Digital Asset
    I have been meaning to post a link and video from an article Attorney Joe Boucher and I were fortunate enough write for the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine in December 2010 titled, E-Legacy: Estate Planning for Digital Assets.  The State Bar of…
  • Jan 26

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case

    IRS Wins S-Corp Compensation Case
    The case, Watson, P.C. v.
Rank this Week: 1404

New York Trusts & Estates Law…

New York Trusts & Estates Law Blog

Covers New York wills, trusts, estates, and elder law. By Saul Elnadav.

http://trustsestateslaw.com
Rank this Week: 1523

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Aug 29

    Balancing Retirement and Estate Planning: Can a Roth IRA Help?

    Balancing Retirement and Estate Planning: Can a Roth IRA Help?
    Maximizing your assets and plans between estate planning and retirement planning is a balancing act, that when done right can benefit you and your loved ones.
  • Aug 27

    Choosing a Trustee to Control the Trust

    Choosing a Trustee to Control the Trust
    Deciding between a family member and a professional and finding the right trustee requires careful consideration.
  • Aug 25

    Special Needs Planning with Trust

    Special Needs Planning with Trust
    Special needs trusts offer an opportunity to leave funds for the benefit of a disabled loved one without actually leaving it in the hands of the disabled beneficiary which they may not be able to handle properly themselves, and which could…
Rank this Week: 2489

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2390

Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?

    Does Medicaid Pay for In-Home Care?
    Long-term care costs are a source of concern within the elder law community. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of people reaching the age of 65 will need long-term care eventually. You cannot count on…
  • Aug 26

    Does Medicaid Count the Value of My Home?

    Does Medicaid Count the Value of My Home?
    Nursing homes and assisted living communities are very expensive, and most people cannot comfortably absorb these costs out-of-pocket. Medicare does not pay for long-term care, but Medicaid will assist with these costs. This is why many…
  • Aug 21

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?

    What Is a Grantor Retained Annuity Trust?
    The federal estate tax is an important factor to consider when you are facilitating future asset transfers. This tax carries a 40% maximum rate, so it can take a heavy toll on your estate. There are various different estate tax efficiency…
Rank this Week: 1783

Redlands Veterans' Affairs…

Redlands Veterans' Affairs Attorney Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law. By Esther Wang.

http://www.california-elder-law.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Dynasty Trust Can Be Effective For Wealth Preservation

    Dynasty Trust Can Be Effective For Wealth Preservation
    If you are in possession of wealth that will logically remain intact across multiple generations even as family members benefit from these resources you are going to have to seek avenues that provide tax efficiency. The estate tax sits…
  • Aug 21

    Medicare Contains Multiple Part

    Medicare Contains Multiple Part
    Some people are under the impression that things just take care of themselves when you achieve senior citizen status. Social Security will surely be enough to satisfy all of your financial needs and Medicare will cover your health care…
  • Aug 14

    Rate of Estate Tax May Shock You

    Rate of Estate Tax May Shock You
    While it is indeed important to look ahead toward the future, the fact is that as a young adult you may not be that interested in the details of tax laws that are applicable to the field of estate planning....
Rank this Week: 1946

Nursing Home Law Blog

Nursing Home Law Blog

Information relating to nursing homes and the care that they provide. By Stark & Stark.

http://nursinghomelaw.stark-stark.com/
  • Aug 27

    Extendicare Announces Significant 2014 Profit

    Extendicare Announces Significant 2014 Profit
    It is surprising to hear long term care push the fiction that Medicare and Medicaid don’t pay enough with profits like this. …
  • Aug 21

    Stark & Stark Spotlight on Continuing Care Retirement Communitie

    Stark & Stark Spotlight on Continuing Care Retirement Communitie
    Acquiring continuing care—in a community setting—requires a major financial investment by both the consumer and the provider. For the consumer, doing so may involve spending most or all of a lifetime of savings; and for the…
  • Aug 11

    A Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older American

    A Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older American
    Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a framework for tackling the challenges to elder-abuse prevention and prosecution. In doing so, the departments called on all…
Rank this Week: 2309

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    How Does Medicaid/Medi-Cal Apply to Married Couples?

    How Does Medicaid/Medi-Cal Apply to Married Couples?
    Medicaid is a jointly administered federal/state government health insurance program. It is designed as a safety net that provides health care insurance for people who can demonstrate significant financial need. In the state of California,…
  • Aug 21

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?

    What Is a Letter of Final Instruction?
    Estate planning is going to involve the execution of legally binding documents. In some of these documents you are communicating your wishes regarding the transfer of your assets. Communication is the operative word here. When you plan your…
  • Aug 19

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?

    What Is an Irrevocable Trust?
    They say that you should use the right tool for the right job, and there are many different tools that can be used when you are planning your estate. The optimal course of action will vary depending on the circumstances. Trusts can be used to…
Rank this Week: 1969

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Aug 24

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care
                    On August 17, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Pension Protection Act of 2006.  The average American probably never heard of the…
  • Aug 18

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell

    Uneven Inheritance – To Tell or Not to Tell
    “I want to leave more to one child than another”, the client will tell me.  In some cases one child is more financially established than another.   Or maybe one child has special needs, whether diagnosed or not.…
  • Aug 10

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2

    Using Your Own Money to Pay for Long Term Care – the Better Way? Part 2
                    Last week I was talking about the difficulties in funding long term care through long term care insurance or Medicaid.  Insurance companies are…
Rank this Week: 1886

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

By Ed Fox & Associates.

http://www.chicagonursinghomeabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Aug 22

    Federal Inspector General Finds That Nearly 25% of Nursing Homes Fail to Report Abuse or Neglect Allegation

    Federal Inspector General Finds That Nearly 25% of Nursing Homes Fail to Report Abuse or Neglect Allegation
    The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its findings related to an investigation surveying approximately 250 nursing home care facilities throughout the United States. …
  • Aug 20

    New Illinois Laws Target Senior Care Complaints in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilitie

    New Illinois Laws Target Senior Care Complaints in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilitie
    Our Chicago Nursing Home abuse firm has been tracking recent legislative activity within the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois Senate. As a result of a bill sponsored by both Illinois Republicans and Illinois Democrats, Governor…
  • May 29

    Nursing Home Bill of Rights Gaining Momentum

    Nursing Home Bill of Rights Gaining Momentum
    The Health Care Council of Illinois is conducting a "Protect the Rights of Nursing Home Residents" campaign. They are traveling to different communities in Illinois and informing people of their goal to convince the Illinois legislature to…
Rank this Week: 2622

Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Aug 22

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?

    ADOPTION SERIES – PART 3: HOW DOES AN ADOPTED PERSON INHERIT?
    We recently have written about how adopting an adult can allow an unrelated person to share in an inheritance (unless it is done with improper motives).  But how, and from whom, do adopted persons (whether they are adults or children)…
  • Aug 11

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION

    PRECATORY LANGUAGE: THE DANGER OF UNLIMITED DISCRETION
    Wording in a will or trust which allows a named person to decide where your property and money should go after your death (instead of you making that decision ahead of time) is called “precatory” language.  An example is the…
  • Jul 29

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?

    UTMA AND UGMA ACCOUNTS: SMART SAVINGS PLAN OR TRAP FOR THE UNWARY?
    When working with clients who have minor children, we spend a lot of time discussing the kids: their individual personalities, the values the clients are trying to instill, and concerns for their future. We do our best to craft an estate plan…
Rank this Week: 2525

Duffy Law Office

Duffy Law Office

Covers estate planning and elder law in Iowa.

http://www.duffylawoffice.com/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?

    Why Is Incapacity Planning Important?
    Everyone should have an incapacity component embedded within a broader estate plan. In this post we will look at the importance of incapacity planning. Aging of the Population People are living longer and longer lives. The average life span…
  • Aug 19

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?

    Can Medicaid Take My Home?
    When you plan your estate, you work with an estate planning attorney to devise a strategy for transferring your assets after you pass away. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future, you should consider the…
  • Aug 14

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?

    Can a Trust Be Used to Complete a Medicaid Spend Down?
    Medicare will help with your medical expenses when you reach the age of eligibility if you qualify, but the program will not pay for long-term care. This is a problem for most people, because long-term care is quite expensive. The average…
Rank this Week: 1921

Law Offices of Richard B.…

Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.rbsllc.com/blog/
  • Jun 15

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee

    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities : Choosing a Trustee
    Trustee Duties and Responsibilities from Richard Schneider Trusts are often used by a wide variety of people to accomplish a wide variety of estate planning goals.The right trustee can add to the overall success of your trust. Learn more…
  • Jun 5

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon

    Estate Planning for the LGBT Community in Oregon
    Until very recently, same-sex couples were denied over 1,000 federal benefits as a result of the definition of marriage found in the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, passed in 1996. Learn how LGBT couples in Oregon should properly approach…
  • May 29

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon

    Free Report: Choosing a Trustee in Oregon
    A comprehensive estate plan usually includes a variety of estate planning tools, strategies and documents. While a well-written last will and testament should serve as the foundation of your estate plan, a will can only accomplish so much.…
Rank this Week: 1945

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law…

Allegedly A Blog of Michigan law and other legal miscellany

Covers, employment law, estate planning and Michigan legal news.

http://www.tdafoe.com/
Rank this Week: 1873

John Rogers Burk

John Rogers Burk

Covers estate planning and elder law in California.

http://www.roseville-estate-planning.com/blog/
  • Mar 11

    Your Child’s Inheritance

    Your Child’s Inheritance
      Many people give little thought to the details of leaving behind their estate.  They figure if they’ve drawn up a Will, the matter is settled and requires no more thought.  If you have children, however, there is more…
  • Mar 6

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption

    Portability–Using Your Deceased Spouse’s Estate Tax Exemption
      I recently appreciated being able to use this IRS Revenue Procedure to help a client.  However, it does have one important requirement that is time-sensitive. In amendments to the Internal Revenue Code in December 2010…
  • Feb 25

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee

    What You Need to Know About Being a Trustee
    It can be intimidating to be named a Trustee.  It is a big responsibility to be entrusted with a person’s assets.  Likely you’ve been named a successor Trustee, meaning your responsibilities don’t begin until the…
Rank this Week: 2009

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate…

Musings of a Massachusetts Estate Lawyer

Focuses on estate planning, probate and corporation law in Massachusetts. By David E. Peterson.

http://blog.deplawfirm.com/
  • Jan 6

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe

    How Wealthy People Avoid Estate Taxe
    The Basics The estate and gift tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. The tax is levied when a transfer occurs, which by lifetime gift, or upon death. The estate and gift tax rates start low. The Massachusetts…
  • Dec 26

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).

    Your New Year’s Resolution Starts with a Phone Call (or email).
    The holiday season is a time of great religious and economic significance. And even in our busy lives, it is a time for reflection. For many of us, the fruits of our reflection are our annual resolutions: to become healthier, to spend more…
  • Sep 17

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving

    Top Five Methods of Charitable Giving
    A colleague and I have recently devoted some time to developing a new facet of estate planning that we call “Zero Tax Planning.” The idea is simple. First, we use traditional estate planning techniques to reduce estate taxes as…
Rank this Week: 2527

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

WisconsinTrustsandWills.com

Covers elder law and estate planning. By Swendson/Fey Law Ltd.

http://wisconsintrustsandwills.com/family/
  • Dec 13

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax

    Charitable Remainder Trust Planning Opportunity to Deal with the Medicare Surtax
    On December 2nd, 2013, the Treasury issued final regulations addressing IRC § 1411, the 3.8% Medicare Surtax. § 1.1411-3 of the regulations addresses estates and trusts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, CRTs.  The final…
  • Aug 8

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning

    Incorporating Faith and Values in Estate Planning
    For many, passing along religious beliefs and values to the next generation is just as important as passing along financial wealth and tangible assets. Estate planning creates many opportunities to do this, including: * End-of-Life Care. A…
  • Jul 30

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel

    8 Things to Do Before You Travel
    Before any trip, most of us create a “to-do list” of things we have put off and want to take care of before we leave. Here is a checklist of estate planning things to do before you take your next trip. Taking care of these will…
Rank this Week: 2579

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

The O'Brien Law Firm LLC Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.obrienlaw.net/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost

    Be Aware Of Long-Term Care Cost
    As you are doing the math and projecting a budget for the latter stages of your life you would do well to be aware of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care. First off, if you are under the impression that it is unlikely…
  • Nov 11

    What Are POD Accounts?

    What Are POD Accounts?
    When you are opening an account at a bank you may be offered the opportunity to select a payable on death (POD) option. This can also be done at some financial services companies that you may use when you buy and sell securities. With these…
  • Nov 8

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?

    Social Security & Medicare: When Will I Be Eligible?
    While you may have to prioritize things that are taking place in the present it is also important to keep an eye on the future. The baseball manager Dusty Baker is credited with saying “The measure of intelligence is the ability to hold…
Rank this Week: 1968

Swinton Elder Law & Family…

Swinton Elder Law & Family Protection Blog

Covers New Jersey estate planning and elder law issues. By Daniel S. Swinton.

http://swintonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 7

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for…

    Policy Experts Agree: The U.S. System for Financing Long-Term Care is CrumblingAccording to Forbes.com:  "America’s system for financing long-term care is failing, and the window for creating a payment system that works is rapidly…
  • Jul 12

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds…

    Bankruptcy Trustee Is Entitled to Funds Transferred in Order to Qualify for MedicaidThe following article serves as a warning about do-it-yourself estate planning.  An effective technique of protecting assets from nursing homes and long…
  • Sep 27

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility

    How Gifts Can Affect Medicaid Eligibility
    . We’ve all heard that it’s better to give than to receive, but if you think you might someday want to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful because giving away money or property can interfere with your…
Rank this Week: 2617