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Real Estate Planning: Before & During Probate

Basic real estate succession planning  typically is planning to ensure that your children (or whomever you want), will inherit your home when you die.  For most folk, real estate means their personal residence and is their most valuable asset. For the purpose of this article, real estate includes  virtually all kinds of real estate.  Concerned … Read moreReal Estate Planning: Before & During Probate

Do You Pay Capital Gains Taxes on Property You Inherit?

Knowing the “cost basis” of your property is important for tax purposes, but proving cost basis can be difficult. Cost basis adjusts at death, so it is a good idea to appraise property when a joint owner dies. Cost basis is the monetary value of an item for tax purposes. When determining whether a capital gains … Read moreDo You Pay Capital Gains Taxes on Property You Inherit?

Will Medicare or the VA Pay for My Mother-in-Law’s Home Health Care?

Q: My mother-in-law is 85 and suffered a stroke for which she now receives medication. The stroke left her occasionally incontinent, with some confusion and weakness. We are looking for an in-home care person and wondered whether Medicare would compensate some or all of the cost. Also, her husband was a veteran who served at … Read moreWill Medicare or the VA Pay for My Mother-in-Law’s Home Health Care?

Can the Nursing Home Stop Billing Medicare for My Mother’s Treatment?

Q: My mother spent four days in the hospital and Medicare approved 100 days of skilled nursing facility care after her stay. After 48 days, the nursing home cut off her therapy and ended her Medicare benefits, without notifying us either in writing or by phone. She was not discharged from the nursing home, however, … Read moreCan the Nursing Home Stop Billing Medicare for My Mother’s Treatment?

Is an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Entitled to Compensation?

Q: My wife and I have are agents under my 86-year-old mother’s durable power of attorney. We are her primary caregivers because she is not able to cook her own meals, clean her own home, do her own laundry, do grocery shopping, drive herself to doctor’s appointments, allocate her own medications, or pay her own … Read moreIs an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Entitled to Compensation?