New Numbers for Medicaid in 2017

For those who are receiving SSI or nursing home Medicaid, there are new numbers to know for 2017.  SSI is Supplemental Security Income which is a stipend paid to those individuals who are low-income and are either 65 or older, blind or disabled.  The maximum benefit increased in 2017 from $733 per month to $735 per month. If you are an individual who receives
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No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week is January 16 to January 20

Totally off the topic of legal news, did you know that January 16 to January 20, 2017 is No Name-Calling week?  Given the Presidential campaign which we had to endure for the last year and a half, wouldn’t it be nice to experience some kindness from our President-elect?  Do you wonder if he can tweet kind tweets for an entire week without any name-calling?
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Medicare Observation Status

What Is Medicare Observation Status?

Over the last several years, there has been a trend towards placing Medicare hospital patients who are receiving “medically necessary” treatment, which was ordered by their doctor, under Medicare observation status.  What this does is makes the person an “outpatient” as opposed to admitting them as an “inpatient”.  Some patients have even been in the hospital receiving treatment and testing for weeks and never
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New Years’ Resolutions – Is Your Estate Planning in Order?

I was reading a magazine article entitled “Make a New Year’s Resolution to Give Your Estate Plan a Checkup” by Deborah L. Jacobs, and I was reminded about how much people dislike going to see their estate planning attorney (I think we’re right up there with dentists, probably higher).  One may wonder what is the point of planning ahead, and I’d like to give
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Florida Homestead

Homestead property in Florida enjoys protection against creditor claims and receives preferential property tax treatment.  Florida homestead is also burdened with restrictions as to when and how it can be transferred, both during life and at death. Here is a brief summary of some of the benefits and burdens. Benefit: Protection Against Creditors The Florida Constitution provides protections for homestead property in Florida, but
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Whom Should I Choose to be Personal Representative of My Estate?

This month, I am focusing on the topic of Probates and why we want to avoid them.  Click here to read about last week’s article –What is Probate and Why Do I Want to Avoid It.  This week, I would like to discuss reasons why you want to do a probate and who you should choose to be the Personal Representative or Executor of your estate. 
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What is Probate and Why do I Want to Avoid It?

Many times, clients come into my office stating that they need to have Last Will and Testaments done and at the same time, they tell me they want to avoid probate of their estate after they die.  These clients are usually very adamant that they do not want the government to get their assets, they do not want their families to pay attorney’s fees,
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Are you turning 65 soon? Medicare Info you Should Know.

If you are turning 65 soon, you will be eligible for Medicare.  However, if you are still working, you may already have insurance through your employer or through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  In a notice being sent out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “In most cases you won’t want to keep your Marketplace plan because once your Medicare coverage starts,
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What is the Florida Elective Share Law?

What is the Florida Elective Share Law?  In the past, husbands were the financial providers for the family while women stayed home to care for the house and the children.  If a husband passed away having executed a will that disinherited his spouse, the surviving spouse and children could be left destitute.  To address potential concerns relating to the impoverishment of a disinherited surviving
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Medicare Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again….Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th and runs through December 7th. What are the things you need to know? Medicare Open Enrollment gives those who receive Medicare coverage the opportunity to change their plan. This is a great time to have your current plan reviewed if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C plan) or a standalone Part
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