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Should You Become Guardian for Your Special Needs Child?


[While this article focuses on guardianship for special needs children, similar considerations arise when a spouse, parent, or other loved one’s ability to make important decisions is impaired by dementia, traumatic brain injury, or other condition. We address such guardianships throughout SpecialNeedsNJ.com, particularly in the elder law articles and practice … Continue reading


New Case Supports Medicaid Annuity Planning


To qualify husband or wife for Medicaid, a couple must reduce [“spend down” in Medicaid parlance] money and most other valuables (not counting principal residence, a vehicle, and certain jewelry) owned by either spouse to the smaller of about $110,000 or half the total countable assets of husband and wife. … Continue reading


Lawrence Friedman to Moderate New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Senior Citizens Law Day Conference


For the sixteenth consecutive year, attorney Lawrence Friedman will moderate the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Senior Citizens Law Day conference. He also will speak on will, trust, and long term care planning. With nursing homes charging around $10,000 per month for a decidedly institutional setting, care may suffer and … Continue reading


Delaying Medicare Enrollment Can Prove Costly


Originally, Medicare had two parts: Part A covered hospitalizations and related services while Part B covered phsysician and other services. Later on, Part C Medicare Advantage was added to permit private all in one plans as an alternative to Parts A and B. Finally, a few years ago, Congress added … Continue reading


Should You Follow Mitt Romney’s Lead and Reject Medicare at Age 65?


When Mitt Romney turned 65 on March 12, 2012, he joined nearly all Americans in becoming eligible for Medicare, but Romney declined to enroll. Was this a smart move aside from any political advantage? You can apply for Medicare three months before turning age 65. If you receive Social Security, … Continue reading


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Homepage photo: Cows grazing at Meadowbrook Farm, Bernardsville, NJ by Siddharth Mallya. October 23, 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Autumn_Leaves_13.jpg.
Interior photo: Somerset hills pastoral scene by Lawrence Friedman.