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Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruled Irrevocable Income-Only Trusts a Viable Tool in Long-term Care Planning

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Mary E. Daley v. Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Lionel C. Nadeau v. Director of the Office of Medicaid, which were consolidated in an appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court,...more

Isn’t a Power of Attorney Just for Old People, Right? Wrong!

by Jaburg Wilk on

Why Young Adults Need Power of Attorneys - When children turn 18, they legally become adults. If there was a catastrophic life event which rendered them unable to make their own life decisions, their parents no longer...more

The Massachusetts CARE Act: A Bright Future for Cooperation Between Healthcare and Family Caregivers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Caring for a sick, disabled or incapacitated loved one can be a stressful proposition, but a new Massachusetts law aims to ease the burden by providing formal support to family caregivers. The Caregiver, Advise, Record,...more

Who Cares for Your Aging Family When You Can’t? (Hint: Not Robots)

Subscribe to the show in iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/who-cares-for-your-aging-family/id1081120870?i=1000380982871&mt=2 Like most people, I didn’t want to think about my parents getting old, getting...more

Ohio Medicaid Update: “Disability Determination Redesign” and STABLE Accounts

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In my last article, I provided a summary on the “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014,” (the “ABLE Act”). At the time of publication, the status of ABLE Accounts in Ohio was not known. However, effective June 1,...more

21st Century Cures Act Remedies Longstanding Special Needs Trust Issue

by Genova Burns LLC on

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. One of the more relevant aspects of the law to estate and special needs planning is found in Section 5007 of the Act, which is called “Fairness in...more

Special needs trusts: estate planning for individuals with disabilities

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Families with special needs children require an estate plan that takes into consideration benefits and services from public sources. The family’s attorney should have experience drafting trusts for disabled individuals and...more

What Kind of Tax Changes Can We Expect From Trump's Presidency?

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The tears have not yet dried for some, and the celebrating is not yet over for others, but let's turn our attention to taxes. With a Republican Congress and a Republican president, some measure of tax relief is a given. What...more

When Will Trust Assets Be Considered Available Assets When Applying For Medicaid In Connecticut?

by Murtha Cullina on

A recent Connecticut Supreme Court decision, Pikula v. Department of Social Services (SC 19533; released May 10, 2016), confirms the guidelines for determining if trust assets are considered “available assets” for purposes of...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

New OkPOLST form designed to improve end-of-life and crisis care

by McAfee & Taft on

Beginning Friday, August 26, 2016, Oklahomans have another tool available to them for use in planning end-of-life care and treatment. It’s called an OkPOLST, which stands for Oklahoma Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining...more

Medicaid Update: Treatment of a Residence Held in Revocable Trust

Many of our clients whom have created revocable trusts have “funded” their trusts with ownership of their real property. Transferring real estate to a revocable trust is one way to ensure a predictable, private, and efficient...more

Will you be shut-out if your college-age child has a medical emergency?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The time when a child goes off to college can be a stressful time for any parent. You know that you are giving up substantial control over your child’s safety and choices, but you may be relinquishing even more control than...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...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

How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?

Planning for retirement and deciding whether to buy long-term care insurance would be a lot easier if you knew your odds of needing long-term care, as well as at what age and for how long. Unfortunately, there's no definite...more

Alert: What is MOLST and Do I Need It?

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

You may have heard about Connecticut’s pilot program for Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”) and wondered what it is and whether it impacts your estate plan. Similar programs, such as Physician Orders for...more

New Rules Will Make It Harder to Qualify for Long-Term Care Help From the VA

The Veteran's Administration (VA) offers a pension benefit to low-income veterans (or their spouses) who are in nursing homes or who need help at home with everyday tasks like dressing or bathing. The pension, called Aid and...more

Trust and Estate: Changes made to the Florida Uniform Transfers to Minors Act

Every spring, the Florida legislature meets in regular session, and seemingly in every session significant changes are made to Florida’s trust and estate laws. Once again in 2015 changes were made to the Florida Uniform...more

Tax Changes Made by Maine's 127th Legislature

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Maine Legislature ended its tumultuous session on July 16, 2015. After an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Court, we now know which bills actually became law. As usual, a number of significant tax issues were...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Your powers of attorney are more than a few years old

Health care and financial powers of attorney are critical components of an effective estate plan. As this article explains, after executing powers of attorney, it’s important to periodically review them and execute new ones. ...more

Start Summer Right by Focusing on Health Care Protection

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As long daylight hours continue to lift our spirits, it is not only the sun’s rays that we should protect against this summer. We should also make sure we have our bases covered when it comes to health care and incapacity...more

Blog: HIPAA FAQ Series: Does HIPAA Protect the PHI of Deceased Individuals?

by Cooley LLP on

In order to protect the privacy and security of patients’ information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) imposes substantial obligations on covered entities (certain providers, plans, and health...more

Tax Law Blog: Health Savings Accounts: Beneficiaries and Taxes

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

As high deductible health insurance plans become more prevalent, so do health savings accounts (HSAs). While most participants are aware of the tax implications of an HSA during life (contributions are deductible from gross...more

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