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LEGAL COUNSELING, SECOND OPINION, AND STRATEGIC PLANNING ADVICE

■ Legal Counseling & Strategic Planning: – Look before you leap! •  Get a professional review of your concerns and goals •  Assess the strengths and weakness of your position •  Negotiating with a spouse, or anyone, can be daunting • We figure out a strategic game plan and build confidence • How well do … Read moreLEGAL COUNSELING, SECOND OPINION, AND STRATEGIC PLANNING ADVICE

How Relationship Problems Affect Estate Planning

The connection between estate planning and how people behave. The law is intended to regulate how people behave to maintain public order and well-being and prevent people from taking the law into their own hands. But people disrespect other people and their rights and property all the time. Some children steal from, neglect and physically … Read moreHow Relationship Problems Affect Estate Planning

How Do Inheritance Rights Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Death of Recipient of Medicaid Benefits. What happens when someone is in a nursing home receiving Medicaid long-term care benefits and his or her community spouse dies? Do the children or persons named in the Will inherit the house, savings and other assets? Will Dad’s Medicaid be affected? Case Example. The typical situation is where … Read moreHow Do Inheritance Rights Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Why a Personal Care Agreement May Be Your Best Option to Protect Your Home and Savings

Concerned about your home and savings from being taken by the nursing home or State to pay for nursing home costs? Consider a Personal Care Agreement. What is a Personal Care Agreement? A Personal Care Agreement is a contract, typically between an elderly parent and a family member, the care provider, to provide supervision and … Read moreWhy a Personal Care Agreement May Be Your Best Option to Protect Your Home and Savings

What is Hospice & Palliative Care and Who is Eligible?

Hospice vs Palliative Care Hospice care essentially means “comfort care” and is intended for patients with a terminal prognosis, typically diagnosed with a life expectancy of six months or less, regardless of age. The goal is to make such a patient, whose condition cannot be cured or improved,  as comfortable as possible  in a warm, supportive … Read moreWhat is Hospice & Palliative Care and Who is Eligible?

Beware Medicare’s Penalties for Late Enrollment

This blog is for anyone who wants to understand how to avoid late enrollment penalties for Medicare Part A, Medicaid Part B and Medicare Penalties. Eligibility.  People generally become eligible for Medicare at age 65, when they can receive benefits under Part A (hospital coverage), Part B (medical coverage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Reason for late enrollment … Read moreBeware Medicare’s Penalties for Late Enrollment

Medicare: Understanding “Observation Status” Effect on Medicare Coverage

The rule was that one needed at least a three day hospital stay to qualify for Medicare coverage. Medicare benefits continue to be eroded by hospitals now using “observation status”  to prevent patients from meeting the “three day hospital stay” requirement to qualify for Medicare coverage.  Technically, patients are not “admitted” for care but rather to be … Read moreMedicare: Understanding “Observation Status” Effect on Medicare Coverage

Does One Need a Lawyer to File For Guardianship?

When should one hire a guardianship lawyer to obtain guardianship?  Given the important issues involved, one should always get legal guidance. The legal effect of guardianship is to take away a person’s legal right to make his or her own decisions.  Courts won’t do do this if there is a less restrictive alternative. Just because … Read moreDoes One Need a Lawyer to File For Guardianship?

Inheritance as a Source of Family Conflict

An inheritance is a gift of love, not an entitlement. For some, leaving an inheritance is passing on what one no longer needs to one’s children after one’s death. For others, the inheritance is the product of years of hard work, saving and sacrifice to create an opportunity for one’s children and grandchildren to have … Read moreInheritance as a Source of Family Conflict

An Overview of the Legal Guardianship Process in Maryland

By Rob Goldman, Rob Goldman Legal Solutions, Maryland Guardianship Lawyer Things You Should Know When Ready to Choose a Guardianship Lawyer The Parties The Petitioner is the person who files the Petition asking to be appointed legal guardian. Who has priority to be appointed guardian? The top 4 priorities are: The person properly designated by … Read moreAn Overview of the Legal Guardianship Process in Maryland

Maryland Inheritance Rights of Adopted and Step-Children

What you want to know. Concise, Clear Explanations Adopted Children.  The general rule is that adopted children, from the time of adoption, lose all rights to inherit from their birth or biological parents. At the same time, adopted children acquire the right to inherit from their adoptive parents. Adoptive parents also have the right to … Read moreMaryland Inheritance Rights of Adopted and Step-Children