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What Questions will your Estate Planning Attorney Ask?


We try to make our clients as comfortable as possible (just ask our mascot dog, Pebbles), but nonetheless, meeting an attorney for the first time can be intimidating. Often, people don’t know what to expect. So, in this post, I’ll set forth a few questions that we might ask you … Continue reading


NJ Medicaid reduces penalty divisor


New Jersey Medicaid has reduced the penalty divisor for 2016, from $332.59 / day to $332.50 / day. Let’s back up a bit.  If you apply for long term care Medicaid, to pay for long term care in a nursing home, assisted living facility or at home with aides, you … Continue reading


Special Needs Trusts must be well-drafted


The Social Security Administration (SSA), which acts as a gatekeeper for disability benefits for many people, has been reviewing both new special needs trusts (SNT) and old, long-settled SNT’s with a fine-tooth comb.  SSA looks for technicalities that they allege violate SSA rules, and use that as a basis to … Continue reading


What to do when you represent a Medicare beneficiary in a lawsuit


If you are a Medicare beneficiary filing a lawsuit, or an attorney representing a Medicare beneficiary in a lawsuit, you should be aware of your obligations to Medicare. By law Medicare is a secondary payer, meaning that if Medicare makes payments for which someone else is ultimately responsible (such as … Continue reading


Does everyone in a nursing home need to be there?


The New York Times today reported that the US Department of Justice will investigate whether the state of South Dakota is unnecessarily moving people into nursing homes. The government has launched a number of these investigations in recent years, driven by advocates who claim that thousands of Americans with disabilities … Continue reading


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