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What Is Asset Protection Planning?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Asset protection planning is about protecting your assets from creditors — and it is not just for the super-wealthy. Anyone can get sued. Lawsuits can stem from car crashes, credit card debt, bank foreclosures, or unhappy customers, among many other things. If someone wins a monetary judgment aga...

Understanding the Differences Between a Will and a Trust

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Everyone has heard the terms “will” and “trust,” but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes, and both can work together to create a complete estate plan. One main difference between a will and a trust is that a wil...

Estate Planning When You Have a Stepfamily

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ideally, when a second marriage joins two families together, it should be a joyous occasion that creates one bigger family unit. Unfortunately, it too often also creates inheritance fights between stepparents and children. A good estate plan is necessary to help avoid these types of family squabb...

Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One's Firearms

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous.  To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to plan ahead for how to deal with any weapons.  Research shows that 45 percent of all adults aged 65 years or o...

Medicaid Home Care

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care is cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid programs that offer at least some home care. In some states, even family members can get paid for providi...

Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Dec 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Technological advances have made it easier to stay connected with loved ones all the time. This has included the ability to install cameras in a loved one's nursing home room. These so-called “granny cams” have legal and privacy implications.  The benefit of putting a surveillance camera in a nur...

What Do Elder Law Attorneys Do?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jun 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elder Law is an area of legal practice that is defined more by the type of client it serves than the more traditional fields of practice. The types of legal issues that are the focus of Elder Law attorneys' practice include: Estate Planning: Planning that is tailored to the specific situation, ne...

Using ABLE Accounts in Special Needs Planning

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The ABLE (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) Act is a federal law that allows states to establish a savings program for persons with disabilities.  The program is modeled after the 529 savings accounts.  ABLE accounts may be used to accumulate savings, with certain restrictions, for use by a b...

Who Pays For Long-Term Care?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey of 2015 (“Genworth Survey”), seventy percent (70%) of Americans over the age of sixty-five (65) will eventually need some type of long-term care.  In addition, by the year 2040, twenty-two percent (22%) of the population will be over the age of sixty-...

What happens if you die without a will?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

What happens if you die without a will? If one dies without expressing their wishes for the distribution of their assets the distribution is controlled by the law of intestacy. In other words, the law has determined how the assets will be distributed. Very rarely does this result in the sam...

Top Ten Reasons to Have a Well-Drafted Power of Attorney

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Having a well-drafted, comprehensive, Durable Financial Power of Attorney (FPOA) in place is an essential element of basic estate and long-term care planning. Not only does the FPOA empower your agent to manage your affairs during a period of incapacity, it permits them to engage in a wide variet...

Does Medicare pay for nursing home care?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Does Medicare pay for nursing home care? Medicare does not pay for long-term nursing home care. There are basically three options to finance the cost of long-term care: long-term care insurance, self-pay, or Medicaid/Veteran's Administration benefits. Elder law attorneys are prepared to rev...

Can you accommodate out of the office appointments?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can you accommodate out of the office appointments? Yes. Our client consultation calendar has timeslots built in for appointments other than in the office, including in the home, hospital or nursing home. We generally accept such appointments throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan...

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