Medicare Enrollment Starts November 15

If you are over the age of 65, it’s that time of year to review your Medicare plans. Once a year from November 15 through December 31, those eligible for Medicare have the option to change existing Medicare Part D …

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The Seven Most Common Trust Mistakes

Many people use revocable or living trusts in their estate plans. Living trusts are very powerful planning tools that you can use for all kinds of purposes. Trusts can avoid probate, protect your beneficiaries from their creditors or divorcing spouses, …

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The Truth About Medicaid Eligibility v1

There are many misconceptions about Medicaid and Medicaid eligibility. You will have undoubtedly received information from family, friends or others. Such information will be well intentioned, but most of the time it is only partly true. Medicaid laws are complex …

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How to Leave an Inheritance to a Child

When you want to leave an inheritance to your children after you are gone, you usually just leave outright distributions to them. However, when you leave outright distributions to your children, those bequests are fully available to your children’s lawsuits, …

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Be Aware of Administration Costs

When you decide to have your estate plan prepared, it can be a stressful experience. You have to make decisions about what you want to happen to you if you became mentally disabled. You have to make difficult end-of-life decisions …

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Buying a Home

You may be looking to buy a new home. A common mistake many people make after finding a home they like, is to sign a purchase agreement, also called an offer to purchase, and then bring the signed agreement to …

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Joint Ownership Fraught With Peril

Many people, including most married couples, use joint ownership of their assets as their own self-made mini estate plan. Sometimes joint ownership works to transfer assets upon death. Quite often joint ownership does not work because a joint owner gets …

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IRAs & Beneficiaries

Most people name individuals as direct beneficiaries of their IRAs or other retirement plans. However, by naming a qualified trust as a beneficiary, your heirs could not only save taxes, but also have creditor and other protections. Qualified trusts are …

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Medicaid Eligibility-Top 8 Mistakes

1. Thinking it’s too late to plan.

 It’s almost never too late to take planning steps, even after a senior has moved to a nursing home. 2. Giving away assets too early.

 First, it’s your money (or your house, or …

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