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Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs

Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs   In general, a trust is a legal device whereby property of some sort (real estate, cash, tangible personal property, etc.) is managed by a person, termed the Trustee, for the benefit of certain other peop… Read More
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Successor Trustee Meeting May 2014

Successor Trustee Meeting May 2014   On May 31, 2014 we held our annual Successor Trustee Meeting.  More than 80 of our clients and their family members attended!  We were delighted to see such a crowd, and even more delighted to spend some time c… Read More
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Preserving Wealth Over Generations

Preserving Wealth Over Generations Several common sayings refer to the phenomenon of losing inherited wealth.  One is “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”  Another is “the first generation makes it, the second spends it, and t… Read More
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Signing Nursing Home Admission Agreements As A Responsible Party

Signing Nursing Home Admission Agreements As A Responsible Party   When a person is admitted to a nursing home, it is often a family member who manages the details of the move.  If you are managing a loved one’s transition into a nursing home, y… Read More
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Planning for Pets: Why a Will Won't Ensure Your Furry and Feathered Loved Ones are Taken Care Of

Planning for Pets: Why a Will Won’t Ensure Your Furry and Feathered Loved Ones Are Taken Care Of  According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 68% of U.S. households include at least one pet.  Those of us with pets often… Read More
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Recent Case Raises Concerns about Certain Transfers of Assets by a Medicaid Applicant to a Community Spouse

Recent Case Raises Concerns about Certain Transfers of Assets by a Medicaid Applicant to a Community Spouse: Many Medicaid applicants who need care in a nursing home have spouses who are able to continue living at home (“Community Spouses”).  T… Read More
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Pre-Paid Funeral and Burial Contracts for Medicaid Recipients

Pre-Paid Funeral and Burial Contracts for Medicaid Recipients You may have heard that you will have to “spend down” virtually all of your income and assets to qualify for Medicaid.  However, there are some exempt assets that Medicaid applicants… Read More
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Where Do I Live for Income Tax and Estate Tax Purposes? Domicile vs. Residence

Where Do I Live for Income Tax and Estate Tax Purposes? Domicile vs. Residence Many Connecticut residents live elsewhere for a significant part of the year.  For example, you may stay in Cape Cod for the summer, or you may go down to Florida for the… Read More
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Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs: Special Needs Trusts

Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs: Special Needs Trusts  Estate planning is important for all families.  It is especially important for those responsible for the care of someone with special needs.  The cost of caring for… Read More
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Help Your Loved Ones by Keeping a Record of Online Accounts and Passwords

Help Your Loved Ones by Keeping a Record of Online Accounts and Passwords These days, we increasingly manage our financial and social lives online.  Many of us pay our monthly utilities and credit card bills online as well as receive paperless bank… Read More
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