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Retirement Advisors required to put Customers’ Interests First


The federal government will issue a new rule holding financial professionals who manage retirement accounts to a fiduciary standard. This means that advisers will have to put clients’ interests before their own.  For example, if there were a choice between two identical funds, and one had a higher fee for … Continue reading


Dying while Divorcing in New Jersey: the “Black Hole”


New Jersey has laws meant to protect a person from becoming impoverished if his or her spouse is no longer in the picture. New Jersey’s elective share law protects a spouse from being disinherited when the other spouse dies. For example, imagine a man writes a will leaving his entire … Continue reading


Be Careful when Signing Nursing Home Contracts


Take care when signing a contract, and always know what you’re signing. That’s advice that leapt to mind  when I read the recent New York Times article on a nursing home killing.  According to the Times, an elderly woman in a nursing home was suffocated to death by her roommate, an … Continue reading


Do You Need an ABLE Account or a Special Needs Trust [a.k.a. Supplemental Needs Trust]?


As a parent or other loved one of a person with special needs you probably have heard of ABLE, but maybe you aren’t sure how it affects you.  The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act passed Congress in 2014 while New Jersey enacted ABLE implementing legislation January 11, 2016.  … Continue reading


Medicaid Gifts and the Simplified Application


Last week, New Jersey Medicaid announced a simplified process for applying for Medicaid for people with income below the federal poverty level who haven’t made gifts.  We wrote about that in a blog post last week. This simplified process for some applicants is a welcome development.  Unfortunately, however, as is often the … Continue reading


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