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Power of Attorney, Capacity and Dementia


After watching the film Amour, about an elderly gentleman who becomes caretaker to his wife after a stroke, I feel compelled to share some information on powers of attorney. A power of attorney is a legal document in which you give someone power to manage your financial affairs. The person … Continue reading


End-of-Life Care in America


A committee appointed by the National Academy of Sciences found that the U.S. healthcare system is poorly designed to meet the needs of patients near the end of life, the New York Times reported. For people at the end of their life, our healthcare system provides incentives for doctors to … Continue reading


Why Everyone should have a Healthcare Directive


On a warm Florida night in February 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her hallway.  The 26-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest and fallen into a permanent coma.  When it became clear she would never recover, her husband sought to terminate life support, while her parents sought to keep her alive … Continue reading


New Jersey Supreme Court’s Saccone Opinion Creates Special Needs Trust Opportunities and Pitfalls


To qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA), Medicaid, and other government disability benefits, an individual’s income must be within program limits. Pensions and most other payments typically throw a disabled person’s income over SSI and Medicaid income caps. However, pensions and other payments don’t … Continue reading


Miller Trusts to come to New Jersey Medicaid in November


New details have emerged about New Jersey Medicaid’s shift to Miller trusts. The state has indicated the Miller trust program will begin on November 1, 2014. People who use Miller trusts will reportedly be eligible for Medicaid in the month after the trust formation. So folks who qualify for Medicaid … Continue reading


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