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ElderLaw 101

The Need for Medicaid Planning

One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may end up in a nursing home. 

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ElderLaw 101

Transferring Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

Congress has established a period of ineligibility for Medicaid for those who transfer assets.

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ElderLaw 101

Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

In order to be eligible for Medicaid, applicants must have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets (the dollar figure may be slightly more, depending on the state). 

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ElderLaw 101

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid (called "Medi-Cal" in California, "MassHealth" in Massachusetts, and "TennCare" in Tennessee) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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ElderLaw 101

The Attorney's Role in Medicaid Planning

Do you need an attorney for even "simple" Medicaid planning?

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ElderLaw 101

Reverse Mortgages: The Basics

Reverse mortgages make it possible for house-rich but cash-poor elders to use their housing equity to pay for home care while they remain in the home, or to use the money for anything else. 

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ElderLaw 101

Is Transferring Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Against the Law?

You may have heard that transferring assets, or helping someone to transfer assets, to achieve Medicaid eligibility is a crime.

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ElderLaw 101

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

While reverse mortgages may look like no-lose propositions on the surface, they also have some significant downsides. 

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