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My spouse has Alzheimer’s – Now what?


An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a difficult thing. If your husband or wife has just received one, you may be feeling overwhelming and lost, wondering what to do next. When someone has early or mid-stage Alzheimer’s, there is a good chance they will need long term care in the near future. … Continue reading


How to Change your Will


Life is unpredictable. People get married, and divorced. Family members pass away, and new family members are born. Kids grow up. Some become wildly successful, some develop disabilities, and some become estranged. The above are all reasons why you might want to change your existing estate plan. I’ve spent a … Continue reading


NJ Medicaid Raises Penalty Divisor for Gifts


NJ Medicaid issued a notice that effective today, April 1, 2015, the penalty divisor has been increased to $332.59 / day. What is the penalty divisor?  It arises when someone is seeking long term care Medicaid (i.e., Medicaid that pays for a nursing home, assisted living facility or home care … Continue reading


Special Needs Trusts: Don’t get them mixed up


Today I want to talk about the difference between first and third-party special needs trusts.  It’s a bit technical, but if you have a child or other loved one with special needs, it’s very important not to confuse the two.  Virtually all parents I meet and even many lawyers do … Continue reading


Calculating Executor Commissions in NJ Probate


If you’re an executor to an estate, you can take a commission – to pay yourself out of the estate for the hard work that being an executor entails.  An executor doesn’t have to take a commission, but is entitled to do so.  (This also applies to an administrator managing … Continue reading


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