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Medicare Savings Program 2021

Medicare Savings Program Decoded – 2021 Limits

WILSON’S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY: THE ALPHABET SOUP OF THE MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM Estate Planning Attorneys are known for loving acronyms. We like to shorten the names of the tools we use and sometimes throw the terms around, forgetting that not everyone speaks Alphabet Soup. POA, HCD, SNT, QTIP, QPRT, ILIT are just some of the terms…

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Sundowning

What Is Sundowning in Dementia Patients?

What is Sundowning? For many people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, late afternoon and early evening hours may prove to be the most difficult, Therefore, the term “sundowning”. When the sun begins to go down, confusion, agitation, and anxiety begin to set in. There is no known cause for sundowning, nor is…

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what is a green burial

What Is a Green Burial? Is It More Cost Effective?

What Is a Green Burial? Cemeteries, burial grounds, and preserves can be considered green if they meet certain criteria: Caring for the dead with a minimal environmental impact  Contributing to the conservation of natural resources Reduction of carbon emissions Protection of worker health Restoration and/or preservation of the habitat Use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials,…

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retirement benefits

When To Apply For Social Security Retirement Benefits By Age

When Can You Apply For Social Security Retirement Benefits? The full retirement age (or “normal” retirement age) is currently 66, however, you can start collecting your social security retirement benefits as early as age 62. You won’t get the full amount you would be entitled to at your full retirement age, but under certain circumstances,…

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gift tax exemption and Medicaid

Gift Tax Exemption and Medicaid Vlog

Myths and Misconceptions Vlog #3: I Can Gift $15,000 Per Year Without Penalty While many people are familiar with the gift tax exemption, it is often mixed up with the Medicaid five-year look-back rules. Watch the video below for the full explanation by attorney Joan Reed Wilson: Previously recorded If you are having trouble viewing…

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conservatorship in Connecticut

Conservatorship In Connecticut – Basic Guidelines

What Is a Conservatorship? Conservatorship in Connecticut means that the Court appoints a person or organization to manage the life of another adult. There are Voluntary and Involuntary conservatorships. We will discuss Voluntary Conservatorships in a subsequent article. This article discusses Involuntary Conservatorship. In an Involuntary Conservatorship, the adult being conserved has to be deemed…

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