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Medicaid's Coverage of Nursing Home Care

For better and for worse, Medicaid is the primary method of paying for nursing home care in the United States. But navigating the Medicaid system is complicated and confusing. Here are the basics. 

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9 (Potential) Problems with Your Trust

All trusts should be reviewed every few years to make sure that they are up-to-date with the law and meet your current goals. Here is a checklist of trust features you can review yourself.

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Latest Pandemic Relief Law Largely Ignores Needs of People with Disabilities

The $900 billion Covid-19 pandemic relief package, signed into law on December 27, 2020, contains almost no funding for programs specific to people with disabilities.

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Four Questions to Help You Choose the Right Professional Trustee for Your Special Needs Trust

Not every potential trustee provides the best services for trusts designed for children with special needs. Here are some questions to ask while searching for the right one for your new trust.

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Amtrak Agrees to Make Its Stations More Accessible to People with Disabilities

The nation’s largest passenger rail network has reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to finally bring its services into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

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President Biden Issues Executive Order to Help Those Who Don’t File Taxes Obtain Relief Payments

As many as eight million eligible citizens may not have received their second Covid relief checks, primarily because their income is so low that they have not been required to file tax returns.

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Married Couples Need an Estate Plan

Don’t assume your estate will automatically go to your spouse when you die. If you don’t have an estate plan, your spouse may have to share your estate with other family members. 

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Moving to a New State? Be Sure to Update Your Estate Plan

While legally you may not need all-new estate planning documents if you move to a different state, you should have your documents reviewed by a local attorney in your new home. 

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Biden Administration May Spell Changes to Estate Tax and Stepped-Up Basis Rule

While it remains unclear exactly what tax changes President Biden’s administration will usher in, two possibilities are that he will propose lowering the estate tax exemption and eliminating the stepped-up basis on death.

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Your Medical Directive

Any complete estate plan should include a medical directive, which can encompass a number of different documents. 

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