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Medicaid Eligibility

Here's another important reminder on how much of a stickler Medicare and Medicaid can be when it comes to denying benefits: the Matter of Komanoff Ctr. for Geriatric & Rehabilitative Medicine v Daines (N.Y. Sup. Ct., App. Div., 2nd Dept., No. 2010-05776, June 28, 2011) (here summarized on...

Landlord as a Retirement Career

In today's economy, it seems that everything old is new again … albeit with a bit of a twist. Years ago, it was common for older couples – and frequently widows – to rent out rooms for extra income. Taking in boarders was a viable way to supplement income. Well, the idea is back, with a...

Letter of Final Instruction

If you're a member of the Baby Boomer generation, there's a good chance you have not done even the most basic of estate planning. In fact, only 56 percent of you have a will, according to a 2011 survey by Rocket Lawyer. So, if you have covered that base, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the...

Choosing an Executor

There are a number of decisions to be reached when planning for your estate and not least among them is the choice of executor. A poor choice of an executor, or a disconnection between executor, estate, and beneficiaries can hobble even the best laid of estate plans. Indeed, Reuters offers one...

Tax Planning & Charitable Donations

Giving to charity can be a very noble thing and for many of us it comes quite naturally. Unfortunately it's also rather easy to give incorrectly, at least as far as taxes are concerned. To prevent a simple but all too common mistake, the Wall Street Journal offers a mantra: "Get the letter. Get...
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