Should I Divorce My Terminally Ill Spouse?

While catching up on recent news, I came across this advice column about a man’s decision to divorce his terminally ill wife.  It made me very sad for the couple.  It also reminded me that many people might believe this is their only resort when a spouse is facing devastating illness that requires long-term care. […]

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Lessons from Making Bread

Solving problems for our clients is stressful work for all involved.  It is stressful for our elderly who need care.  It is stressful for their spouses.  It is stressful for adult children caring for their parents.  It is stressful for parents taking care of their loved ones with special needs.  Often, the system seems too […]

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Elder Abuse and Exploitation – It can even happen to “Super Heroes”

In Stan Lee’s iconic story of “Spider-Man,” young Peter Parker fails to stop a robbery, which leads to the death of his uncle.  Thereafter, Peter is the crime-stopping Spider-Man.  Peter’s double life then centers on protecting others from abuse. Sadly, there has been recent news that Stan Lee was the victim of financial exploitation at […]

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Ensuring Good Nursing Home Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified about 80 nursing homes nationwide that are subject to increased oversight because the facilities have “substantially failed” to meet the required care standards and resident protections mandated by federal and state regulations. These facilities are part of CMS’s Special Focus Facilities Program and are subject to […]

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Losing a Parent: Are We Ever Prepared?

On March 16th, one day before St. Patrick’s Day, my father-in-law passed away quietly in the middle of the night. He was 87 years old. Yes, he had been ill, but he was on the road to recovery—or so we thought—recovering in a rehab facility. The 2:00 a.m. call informing my husband of the news […]

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Myths of Medicaid

In this video blog, Attorney David Banas discusses the myths of Medicaid.  Click here to view. Today we’re going to talk about unraveling some of the myths and misconceptions about Medicaid–some of things that give our prospective clients so much anxiety if they’re facing the issue of putting a spouse into a nursing home and […]

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Certain gifts not subject to Medicaid five-year rule

Certain Gifts Not Penalized for Medicaid Eligibility

It’s almost common knowledge that Medicaid imposes a “five-year lookback” to identify gifts made by a Medicaid applicant.  In most circumstances, if an individual who is applying for Medicaid has given away their assets within the last five years, Medicaid will penalize that individual, even if they are currently out of funds, by not paying […]

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