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Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

When leaving a home to your children, you can avoid probate by using either joint ownership or a revocable trust, but which is the better method? If you add your child as a joint tenant on your house, you will each have...more

Costs of Some New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Rise in Latest Survey

A couple who are both age 60 and who purchase new long-term care insurance coverage can expect to pay between 6 and 9 percent more compared to a year ago according to the 2017 Long Term Care Insurance Price Index, an annual...more

Things to Remember at Tax Time

Tax day, which is April 18th in 2017, is approaching and it is time to begin crossing T's and dotting I's in preparation for paying taxes. As tax time draws near, you want to make sure you file all the proper forms and take...more

New Law for Special Needs Trusts Now Benefiting Individuals

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act - On December 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. Buried in this law is the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act– a sentence long provision to...more

Make Sure Your Estate Plan Doesn't Put Your Child at Risk

Most parents of children with special needs are well versed when it comes to the government benefits like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that their child receives. Most know not to give the child any money...more

Personal Care Assistants Can Offer Much-Needed Help to Families with Special Needs Children

Caring for a special needs child is a big responsibility and can be time-consuming and stressful for the caregiver. It is more than a full-time job; it’s often 24 hours a day, every day. Personal care assistants (PCAs)...more

How to Prepare for Your First IEP Meeting

Public schools are required to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each child receiving special education services. This legally binding document outlines the educational program and special services that a...more

The Top 7 Reasons to Establish a Special Needs Trust

Special needs trusts (SNTs) can play an important role in helping families plan for children with special needs. Here are some of the most compelling reasons to speak with your attorney about establishing an SNT....more

5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains

Although it is often said that nothing is certain except death and taxes, the one tax you may be able to avoid or minimize most through planning is the tax on capital gains. Here's what you need to know to do such planning...more

It's Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices

Workers in some states will soon have another option to save for retirement. California is the latest state to pass a law that establishes state-run retirement plans for workers who do not have a plan through their employer....more

Typical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017

Social Security benefits will rise only slightly in 2017. This follows no increase in benefits in 2016 and small increases for many of the previous years. The small bump in 2017 will likely be eaten up by higher Medicare Part...more

States Begin Offering State-Run Retirement Plans

Workers in some states will soon have another option to save for retirement. California is the latest state to pass a law that establishes state-run retirement plans for workers who do not have a plan through their employer....more

Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

When people retire they often have more time to travel. Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

Jumbo Reverse Mortgages Are Increasingly Available for High-Value Homes

Seniors with pricier homes now have an increased ability to get a jumbo reverse mortgage in order to raise cash for retirement. As the housing market has improved, jumbo reverse mortgages are becoming more popular even though...more

Revoking a Power of Attorney

If for any reason, you become unhappy with the person you have appointed to make decisions for you under a durable power of attorney, you may revoke the power of attorney at any time. There are a few steps you should take to...more

Beware: Your Estate Plan May Contain an Unnecessary Bypass Trust

A once-popular estate planning tool included in many Last Wills and Revocable Trusts may now cost families more in taxes than it saves. Changes in the federal estate tax have made the "bypass trust" which was often included...more

11 Questions to Ask a Potential Caregiver

If you've decided to hire a caregiver for a person with special needs, you'll need to interview the candidates. Here are eleven important questions to ask...more

Don't Fall Victim to Identity Theft While Applying for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration and the Federal Trade Commission recently issued warnings for people to be on the lookout for identity thieves seeking personal information in connection with disability benefit...more

Spouses May Qualify for Early Social Security Benefits If They Care for a Child with Disabilities

When a parent of a child with special needs retires and begins receiving Social Security retirement benefits, her child may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on the parent's work record if the...more

Four Steps to Take Right After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it is important to start planning immediately. There are several essential documents to help you once you become incapacitated, but if you don't already have...more

Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank

The oldest of the 75 million baby boomers have begun turning 70 in 2016. Becoming a septuagenarian is a milestone in itself, but it also means that soon the IRS will likely be expecting you to start cashing out your...more

Lack of a Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince's Estate

The famed recording artist Prince died leaving an unknown fortune and possibly no will or estate plan to dictate what to do with that fortune. Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, told the probate court in the Minnesota county where...more

Gifts to a Special Needs Trust Can Be Larger Than You May Think

The federal gift tax system is one of the most misunderstood concepts in special needs planning, and for good reason: it's incredibly complicated. This complexity has resulted in the propagation of one of the most common...more

Senate Bill Would Strengthen Mandate That People With Disabilities Be Integrated in the Community

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently introduced the Disability Integration Act of 2015 (DIA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the bill would require states and health insurers to provide services to people with disabilities...more

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