How to Qualify for Disability Benefits, Part 2

I wrote earlier on this blog about one key component of qualifying for disability benefits – proving that you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” In addition, you also must meet the eligibility requirements of each program. There are two main financial benefits: Social Security Disability insurance (SSD / SSDI), … Continue reading

Nursing Home Debts are subject to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, according to 2d Cir.

A nursing home debt is subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), according to the Second Circuit federal appeals court in New York. In Eades v. Kennedy, PC, a Pennsylvania nursing home resident died with an unpaid bill owed to the nursing home. The nursing home hired a … Continue reading

Key Considerations in Settling an Estate

Administering an estate can be a daunting task.  Where the decedent leaves a will, the person(s) named as executor(s) must probate the will and fulfill the duties of the estate personal representative.   Where there is no will, the Surrogate’s Court appoints an administrator to fulfill these obligations.  Either way, the executor/administrator must … Continue reading

How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

A lot of folks wonder whether they might qualify for disability benefits. To qualify for the most important federal benefits – Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid and SSI – you must be over age 65, blind, or disabled. The first two categories are pretty obvious (you’re either over age 65 or … Continue reading

The Dangers of DIY Medicaid Planning

There is a lot of information floating around out there regarding Medicaid and long term care.   People write books and articles about “Medicaid secrets” and protecting against nursing home costs.  Information is a good thing, but sometimes people who act on limited information make big mistakes. We occasionally see clients … Continue reading

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