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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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What is Lewy Body Dementia?

has been extensive media coverage on the life and death of legendary actor, Robin Williams. One recent revelation made about one year following his sudden death was that Williams had been living with Lewy Body dementia (LBD). What does that really me… Read More
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Changes to Connecticut Probate Fees

Prior to the start of the State of Connecticut’s current fiscal year that began on July 1, the State’s General Assembly made some important changes to how the state’s Probate Courts are funded.  The new budget reduces state funding for the Pro… Read More
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Top Twenty Problems with Skilled Nursing Facilities (Part Three of Four)

Navigating the care of a loved one in a skilled nursing facility can seem very daunting for family members and friends entrusted with the role of advocate. Justice in Aging compiled a handbook called “20 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How to Re… Read More
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Top Twenty Problems with Skilled Nursing Facilities (Part Two of Four)

Many of our clients have approached us for advice about nursing home placement for a loved one. Part One of this blog explored five common problems outlined in Justice in Aging’s 2005 article “20 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How To Resolve… Read More
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The Perils of Do it Yourself Medicaid Planning

As we stress often to families in our practice, planning for and dealing with the significant challenges and difficulties of long-term care is a daunting process.  The complexities of very complicated state and federal Medicaid laws and regulations… Read More
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Top Twenty Problems with Skilled Nursing Facilities (Part One of Four)

When faced with long-term nursing home placement, countless individuals and their loved ones lament having to consider them in the first place. However, in many cases, the 24-hour supervision and specialized services provided in these facilities are… Read More
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Can you change your Will on your own? Should you?

Since the purpose of a Will is to document your wishes for who should be the executor and who should receive your solely-owned assets after you die, it should be a fairly straightforward matter to change that document if you later change your mind, r… Read More
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Finding the Music Within

Witnessing the struggles of a loved one living with dementia is tremendously difficult. Emotions run high when experiencing the changes in a loved one as they move through the progressive stages of the disease. These are very relatable experiences am… Read More
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New Innovations in Fall Detection

One advertising campaign that has impacted our society is summarized in the exclamation, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” What image does that sentence call to mind? An elderly woman, alone in her home and frightened by a sudden need for eme… Read More
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