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Medicare is offering relief from penalties for certain Medicare beneficiaries who enrolled in Medicare Part A and had coverage through the individual marketplace. For a short time, these individuals will

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In continuing with our theme of current events for the month of June, this week we will examine how a possible repeal of the estate tax under the new administration

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New Obama-era rules designed to give nursing home residents more control of their care are gradually going into effect over the next couple of years. The rules give residents more

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After initially delaying a rule intended to prevent financial advisers from steering their clients to bad retirement investments, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the rule will go into

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In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to introduce you to some of the benefits available to Veterans’ and their spouses when one of them passes away. Federally, the VA

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The Veterans Administration offers two disability programs for eligible veterans. The first benefit is disability compensation which is only available for veterans with service-connected disabilities. The second program provides a

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The Veteran’s Administration (VA) offers a pension benefit to low-income veterans (or their spouses) who are in nursing homes or who need help at home with the activities of daily

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Last month we took a closer look at Medicaid, asset protection planning and the rules concerning qualification for Medicaid benefits. As a source of payment for long term care, Medicaid

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What Is a Life Estate?

Posted on May 01, 2017

The phrase “life estate” often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, However, when we meet with individuals who ask us about this planning method, they are often

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Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?

Posted on April 24, 2017

This particular question is one that we hear from our clients all of the time. The short answer is, if you have it to give, you certainly can. HOWEVER, there

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A New Year’s Resolution to Keep

At the start of a new year, it is inevitable that people will make one or several resolutions to accomplish in the year ahead. Unfortunately, in many cases, these resolutions fall by the wayside and are never accomplished. The start of 2017 is a perfect time to examine your personal situation and come up with a list of things to accomplish.

One important goal that should be at the top of everyone’s list is a review or creation of your estate plan, including a Will and/or Trust, Durable Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, along with a Living Will/Health Care Directive. Creating these important documents will ensure that your wishes are carried out in the event something happens to you. Without these documents, important decisions regarding your healthcare and financial matters may be decided by someone you would not have chosen.

While many people believe that the creation of an estate plan is an onerous prospect, in reality, it is fairly painless process. At Zacharia Brown, we ensure that your time spent with us is both productive and easy so that we can prepare these important documents and put your mind at ease. Please contact us at 724.942.6200 or visit our website at PittsburghElderLaw.com to set up an appointment and keep this important New Year’s Resolution.  You will be glad that you did!