Medicaid and Elective Share Claims in New Jersey

In New Jersey, if your spouse dies, you have a legal right to take what is called an “elective share” from his estate. The elective share is the minimal amount that a spouse is entitled to by law.  It’s meant to prevent someone from disinheriting his or her spouse and … Continue reading

Medicaid Repayment: All Good Things come at a Price

We have written a lot on this blog about the benefits of the Medicaid program, which is a lifeline for many poor families and people with disabilities and is the only program that pays for long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, etc. But all things come … Continue reading

Appellate Division Makes Do It Yourself Medicaid Gift Planning Even Riskier

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey laid to rest two vexing Medicaid planning issues in C.W. v. Div. of Medical Assistance and Health Servs. (Aug. 31, 2015 #22-2-7790) Since nursing homes average over $10,000 per month in New Jersey and Medicaid is the only government program … Continue reading

Qualifying for Medicaid with a Prepaid Funeral

A prepaid funeral fund may seem morbid or distasteful to some. But for people who need long term care, a prepaid funeral trust may be an attractive way to put money to use that would otherwise be lost. Long term care in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with … Continue reading

Creating a Special Needs Trust that Works for You

These days there are a lot of lawyers offering to create a special needs trust. A special needs trust is a legal instrument that allows families to set aside money for a person with disabilities, without disqualifying her from public benefits like Medicaid and SSI. If you have a child … Continue reading

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