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Estate Planning for Individuals with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. We often say that everyone over age 18 needs some sort of “Estate Plan”, but it is especially true for those showing signs of or are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. As Alzheimer’s is […]
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Helping Veterans with Long Term Care Costs

By: Jane-Marie Schaeffer, Esq. On Veteran’s Day, we honor those who have served our country.  Our government offers many benefits to veterans to repay them for their service, one of which is assistance with paying for long-term care costs.  This VA benefit, which is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit, is available to wartime veterans […]
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2017 Social Security COLA Increase

By: Jane-Marie Schaeffer, Esq. The Social Security Administration just announced that the 2017 cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 0.3%, resulting in an average increase of just $5.00 per month for retirees.  While small, this is better than 2016, when retirees saw no COLA increase to their Social Security checks.  However, even this modest […]
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The Rights of Nursing Home Residents

The decision to move an aging parent or loved one into a nursing home can be difficult. It is often the result of failing health, disease, injury, or hospital discharge where the individual can no longer safely remain at home. Adding to the anxiety is the fact that people moving to an elder care facility often have […]
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