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How Does Someone With No Family or Close Friends Find a Health Care or Financial Surrogate?

What is the best way for someone without family or close friends to plan for a medical surrogate (health care proxy) and a financial decision-maker in the case of incapacity?

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Can Medicaid Recoup Benefits From a House with a Mortgage on It?

My husband's grandmother is in a nursing home. She has a house, but there is a bank loan against it that we are paying off. Can Medicaid take the house or does the bank own it until the loan is paid off?

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Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

Americans are misinformed about many aspects of Social Security, and local Social Security offices may not be helping, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office.

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Can a Spouse Sell a Home After the Medicaid Recipient Has Died?

My mom and dad jointly owned a home in Arkansas. My dad just passed away after having to spend some time in a long-term care facility that required him to sign up for Medicaid. The house is falling into disrepair and I would like my mom to move somewhere that requires less maintenance and is closer to family. She can't afford to move without selling her current home. Is she allowed to sell the home or is the state waiting to take it?

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Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety

A little-known insurance option can be an answer for some people who might need care but are unable to buy long-term care insurance. 

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Does Medicaid Count an UTMA Account If a Grandparent Contributes to It?

Are Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts that are owned by a child counted by Medicaid towards a grandfather's eligibility if the grandfather is the custodian? Also, does Medicaid include the grandfather's contributions in the five-year look-back?

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Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

A recent New Jersey appeals court case demonstrates how important it is for families to come up with a long-term care plan before an emergency strikes.

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Adding to Uncertainty for Scam Targets, the IRS Now Allows Private Debt Collectors to Dun Taxpayers

In a move that could be confusing to seniors who are vulnerable to scams, the IRS will begin using private debt collection agencies to collect past-due taxes.

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