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The Trouble with Legal Forms


E-commerce is seeping into everything these days, including estate planning.  Online for-profit companies offer to generate a Power of Attorney document for you, using pre-fabricated forms that you plug your information into without ever consulting an attorney. On the non-profit side, hospitals and over providers offer form Healthcare Directive documents … Continue reading


Visiting your Grandchildren after a Divorce


The relationship between a grandchild and grandparent can be very special, but when the child’s parents divorce or die, tension can arise between the grandparents and surviving parent or other decision maker. In that case, an NJ senior may want to seek visitation rights to preserve a relationship with a … Continue reading


What You should Know about Miller Trusts in New Jersey


Miller trusts are coming to New Jersey. We’ve covered the basics in previous posts, and now I want to cover some current issues with Miller trusts and Medicaid that consumers and practitioners should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know: Miller trusts won’t be up and running on … Continue reading


Medicare Advantage plans may not be Advantageous


Medicare open enrollment begins on Wednesday. To kick off the season, the New York Times reported over the weekend that federal officials have repeatedly criticized and fined Medicare Advantage health plans for violations, including improper rejection of claims for medical services and unjustified limits on coverage of prescription drugs. Medicare … Continue reading


Child Can be Liable for Parent’s Health Care Costs


Pennsylvania (like many other states) has a filial responsibility law that generally requires children with means to support an indigent parent. While it may seem unfair, a Pennsylvania court recently enforced the law to hold a son liable for his mother’s $93,000 nursing home bill despite the son’s claim that … Continue reading


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