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Will You Be Liable for Your Parent’s Nursing Home Bill?


Will you be liable for your parent’s nursing home, assisted living, long term care, or other health care costs?  You probably are thinking, “No way!”  And that may be true if you work proactively with a good elder law attorney to plan in advance.  But if you aren’t careful filial responsibility laws or even … Continue reading


Protecting Children from a Previous Marriage with a QTIP Trust


If you’ve ever been divorced, you may be wondering how to provide for both your new spouse, and your children from a prior marriage. When it comes to estate planning, you’re right to wonder. If your will leaves everything to your new wife or husband, then when you pass away, … Continue reading


NY gift incurs Medicaid penalty even when used to pay for care


A New York appeals court ruled that a mother’s gift to her daughter incurred a Medicaid transfer penalty, even when the daughter used part of the money to pay for her mother’s care. Petitioner Martha Weiss gave $78,237 to her daughter, who used the majority ($41,600) of the money to … Continue reading


Elder law attorney pleads guilty to stealing client funds


South Jersey elder law attorney Barbara Lieberman reportedly plead guilty today to stealing millions of dollars from her clients. According to the American Bar Association: “Prosecutors said Lieberman… used fake powers of attorney… to steal from clients who often had no close family members to intervene. All told, victims were … Continue reading


Do you need a special needs trust?


If you are unable to work due to a long-term disability, then you may be eligible for subsidized healthcare (Medicaid), cash assistance (SSI), and other benefits.  (For people with developmental disabilities, Medicaid is especially important, as New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) now requires people to be on Medicaid … Continue reading


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