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Does a Spelling Error Make a Power of Attorney Invalid?

My wife is attorney-in-fact under a durable power of attorney for her dad, but her name is spelled Ann and it should be spelled Anne. Does this make it invalid?

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Once a Nursing Home Resident Qualifies for Medicaid, Are There Any Rules on the Remaining $2,000 in Assets?

Once a patient in a nursing home reduces assets to qualify for Medicaid, what are the regulations on the remaining cash ($2,000 in my state) in the bank account?

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Four Provisions People Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

Even if you've created an estate plan, are you sure you included everything you need to? There are certain provisions that people often forget to put in in a will or estate plan that can have a big impact later on.

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Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they have not been admitted but are merely under "observation" status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect.

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If I Become My Mom's Guardian and Let Her Remain at Home, Am I Responsible for Her Actions?

I am considering guardianship for my 87-year-old mom, who has dementia. She lives alone but has been advised by her doctor many times that she should not be alone. She refuses any help from "home health nursing agencies" and she will not consider moving out of her house. If I become her guardian, will I be held responsible for anything that might happen to her if I allow her to continue living alone for a while longer?

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New Book Offers Guidance Through the Medicare Maze

The Medicare program has become quite complex over the years.  Running afoul of its sometimes arcane rules can be expensive, and expert guidance is almost essential.  

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What Is the Best Way to Make Sure a Trustee Follows the Trust Rules?

We are getting ready to draft a trust. We have one son, so he will be the trustee. What is the best way to make sure he follows the rules set forth in the trust? We have read about nightmares with trust protectors, financial managers/advisors that control the investments, companies that control the trust, and trust managers. We have no other relatives.

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Elder Law Attorneys to Present Free Webinar on What to Expect from Trump and the New Congress

Four nationally known elder law attorneys will present a free webinar on the new legislative and legal landscape followiing the election of President Trump and identify planning and other steps older Americans can take to preserve quality of health care and quality of life.

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