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Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater.

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Can a Family Supplement a Medicaid Recipient's Care in a Nursing Home?

If person has been approved for Medicaid in a long-term care facility, is the family able to supplement the resident's care by paying the difference between the cost of a private and semi-private room and paying for private caregivers to adjunct the care given at the facility? If the answers to those questions are "yes," is there a monthly or annual cap on how much the family can pay?

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Called for Jury Duty? You May Be Excused Based on Your Age

In many states, seniors have the right to decline jury duty based on their age. But the age limits and rules vary by state and by type of court, so if you are summoned for jury duty, check with the court to determine if you are exempt.

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Can I Transfer a House with a Medicaid Claim on It into a Trust?

I am 58 and retired. If Medicaid has a claim on my property now, is it too late to place my property in an irrevocable trust so that any medical bills after the five-year look-back period cannot be charged to the property? If the property is in an irrevocable trust, it can be sold and the money stays in the trust. Can I direct the trustee to use that money to buy another house?

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Is a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust Portable if We Move to a Different State?

If we get a Medicaid asset protection trust in one state, what would happen if we moved to a different state? Is this kind of trust portable from one state to another?

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Does Medicaid Count the Assets and Income of an Applicant's Unmarried Partner?

If a man and a woman live together, but are not married, and the woman applies for Medicaid, would the state count the man's assets or income when determining her eligibility?

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