Medicaid – How To Know When To Spend Down and When Not To!

We are asked all the time in our office about the Michigan Medicaid spend down. What is it, anyway? Medicaid eligibility for the nursing home, assisted living, or home care holds basically two major requirements: Medical Eligibility. You must require assistance with a certain number of activities of daily living (cooking, transferring, bathing, toileting, and…

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Can Life Insurance Affect Your Medicaid Eligibility?

When applying for Medicaid, many people often forget about life insurance. Depending on the type of life insurance and the value of the policy, it may count as an asset that could disqualify you from Medicaid unless you take appropriate action.  In order to qualify for Medicaid, you must not have more than $2,000 in…

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6 Common Reasons For Seniors To Consider A Power Of Attorney

Powers of Attorney are all about authority. When you sign a Power of Attorney (“POA”), you are authorizing someone else to make decisions for you when you can no longer participate due to age or incapacity. Powers of attorney are not just for elderly, but here are a few reasons aging adults need to set…

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It’s Time To Talk To Your Parent About Aging

There is one certainty in life that none of us can escape: we will all die someday. The hope is this will occur when we’re old, slipping peacefully away in our sleep, but inevitably, it is guaranteed to happen to each of us. Unfortunately, too many of us pass away without leaving a proper plan…

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Preserve Your Family Wealth With Proper Medicaid Planning

Preserve Your Family Wealth With Proper Medicaid Planning: 5 Important Things to Consider As retirement approaches, many people shift from a focus of making more money to preserving the assets and resources they have built up over their working years. The shift from growth mode to protection mode is common and should be taken seriously.…

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How Gifts Can Affect Your Medicaid Eligibility

We have all heard the phrase “it is better to give than to receive.” This is absolutely true, but if you think you might someday want or need to apply for Medicaid long-term care benefits, you need to be careful. You may be surprised to know that giving away money or property of any kind…

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The Real Cost To Your Family When You Don’t Plan For Incapacity

When you hear the words estate planning, you may automatically think about establishing documents to ensure the right people inherit your stuff when you die. And you are not wrong- putting a proper plan in place to protect and pass on your wealth and other assets is a fundamental part of the planning equation. But…

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What Exactly IS Probate?

Last Will & Testament Document

Ah, that forever-fretted term, Probate! Does it give you the heebie-jeebies? It really shouldn’t. In short, Probate is the process used to transfer assets of someone who is deceased to their heirs or other designated persons, charities, etc. During your lifetime, you are free to transfer your assets as you choose simply by gifting or…

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Is Your Power of Attorney Powerless?

Rejected Stamp

It may be cheap or easy to obtain a Power of Attorney document from an online service or an attorney who doesn’t specialize in estate or elder law, but that document may not get you very far in the long run.

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Tough Conversations

While sitting across the dining room table from my dad, it struck me how frail he looked. Equally startling was I wasn’t sure when it had happened. Had I been that preoccupied? Sure, my life was busy, but had I been that distracted? I felt overwhelming guilt. I laid in bed that night and realized…

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