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How Would the Presidential Candidates Change Social Security?

Millions of Americans rely on Social Security for some or all of their retirement income, and millions more are paying into the system in the expectation that it will be there for them when they retire.  What changes should be made to the current So… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Protecting Mom or Protecting Yourself – How Do You Make Decisions as a Conservator for Another Person?

Because of the difference in the legal obligations and duties between being a conservator and a health An important aspect of the estate planning work we do for clients is to take steps to manage potential health-related issues.  We do that in part… Read More
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Categories: General Interest

What is CAPS? A Specialist Approach to Aging

Aging-in-place is a relatively new phrase used to describe something which has been very desirable to millions of Americans. The goal of aging-in-place is to remain in your chosen home, safely, for as long as possible. As we age and our physical and… Read More
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Robin Williams' Death Laid to Underdiagnosed Form of Dementia

Although depression was initially given as the cause of actor Robin Williams’ suicide in 2014, his widow says autopsy results lay the blame on Lewy body dementia, a fairly common but hard-to-diagnose form of dementia. Susan Schneider Williams said… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Family Meetings During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for listening to holiday music, shopping special sales, sharing a nice meal, and spending time with the family. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather to enjoy gifts and create new memories. It also allows family the… Read More
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The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible

If you transfer assets within five years of applying for Medicaid, you will likely be subject to a period of ineligibility. There is an exception, however, if enforcing the penalty period would cause the applicant an “undue hardship.” Thi… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

The Face of an Epidemic

Winter brings holidays, chilly weather, and basketball season. In Connecticut, collegiate women’s basketball is a source of pride and joy for thousands of residents. Countless fans across the nation are familiar with the name Pat Summitt. She is kn… Read More
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Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities have gotten a bad reputation in recent years… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

THE NEW FOCUS OF ESTATE PLANNING RIGHT NOW IS INCOME TAXES

Over the last two decades, changes in the estate tax laws have caused a great shift in the focus of estate planning.  At one time, the primary issue was avoiding a 55% estate tax rate on a relatively modest level of assets.  For example, in 1995 th… Read More
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How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity

Do you want to use your IRA to help a charity, but also benefit your heirs? Instead of leaving your IRA directly to your children, you can leave it to a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) while still benefiting your children. With rules about inher… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

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