Tax Reform– Medical Expense Deduction Lives

What a difference a few months can make!  On November 21, 2017, Mark Friedman, Esq. wrote a blog entry explaining that the then tax reform bill would eliminate the deduction for medical expenses creating major issues for many people.  As Mark noted, “That’s a big deal for people in nursing … Continue reading

Understanding Medicare

Medicare is a health insurance program sponsored by the federal government. Medicare is available to most people at age 65, but younger people may qualify for Medicare when collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or due to contracting end stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). If you become … Continue reading

How Tax Reform hurts People on Medicaid

Not to get political here, but… I’ve been following President Trump and Republicans’ proposed tax reform with interest.  If you’re also interested, you can read all about it elsewhere, including  how it affects the estate tax, state and local tax deductions for people in high-tax states like New Jersey, etc.  … Continue reading

Are you Worth the Money?

Why should you pay a lawyer to do something that you could do yourself for free? I get asked that question from time to time. And my answer is, you shouldn’t. I certainly wouldn’t. However, there may be good reasons you haven’t considered why you can’t really do it yourself. … Continue reading

Is Medicaid Planning Ethical?

The New York Times recently published a thought-provoking article by Ron Lieber on the ethics of Medicaid planning. The article posed the question of whether it’s ethical to engage in Medicaid planning, to preserve assets for other family members while qualifying for Medicaid to pay for long term care. As … Continue reading

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Homepage photo: Cows grazing at Meadowbrook Farm, Bernardsville, NJ by Siddharth Mallya. October 23, 2012.
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