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Is a Healthcare Proxy Right for You?

Right now, people are understandably concerned about their health and the health of their loved ones. When a crisis comes, people want to know that they and the people they care about will be taken care of if they are unable to make their own healthcare decisions. It’s for these types of emergencies that you should consider a healthcare proxy. Continue reading “Is a Healthcare Proxy Right for You?”

Lifestyle Guru B. Smith Dies from Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Barbara Elaine Smith, more commonly known as B. Smith, passed away at the age of 70 after an eight-year struggle with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. B. Smith was a renowned lifestyle guru, who, among other things, modeled, owned restaurants, designed decorations and authored several cookbooks. She also wrote a book on her Alzheimer’s Disease, titled Before I Forget, with her husband Dan Gatsby, which was published in 2016. Continue reading “Lifestyle Guru B. Smith Dies from Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”

The Perils of a Reverse Mortgage

You may have seen television commercials advertising reverse mortgages, telling you about the financial rewards that can come from taking a reverse mortgage on your home. While it can theoretically result in additional money in your pocket, at least in the short term, it’s important not to mistake it for a financial windfall.  You should be aware of the perils of a reverse mortgage before you take one out on your home. Continue reading “The Perils of a Reverse Mortgage”

Five Things to Consider When Planning Your Estate

Estate planning is an important task for anyone advancing in years, especially for anyone with a large amount of property that will need to be allocated after your demise. But what do you need to consider when you’re planning your estate? What can you do to avoid catastrophe when the worst comes to pass? Well, here’s five questions to ask yourself when you’re planning your estate. Continue reading “Five Things to Consider When Planning Your Estate”

When to Consider a Power of Attorney

If you have family members that are growing older or have a loved one with diminished ability to care for themselves, you may need to consider a power of attorney. But what is a power of attorney? And when is it appropriate to consider for yourself or your loved ones? Continue reading “When to Consider a Power of Attorney”

Considering Advance Directives

If you or a loved one are advancing in age, or if your health is deteriorating, it may be wise to investigate the possibility of advance directives. Broadly speaking, advance directives are legal documents that convey your desires, if you are incapable of making those desires known yourself. The term “advance directives” generally covers four kinds of documents: living wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and Do Not Resuscitate orders (DNRs). Continue reading “Considering Advance Directives”

Guildnet Closes Its Doors

On August 21, 2018, Guildnet CEO, Alan R. Morse, notified employees that the company will be closing its doors as of December 1, 2018, leaving New Yorkers in need of managed long-term care (MLTC) services at a disadvantage. The Guildnet program was designed to offer therapeutic/medical care, home healthcare services, case management, and medical equipment to those who qualify and will be in need of the provided services for a minimum of 120 days. Guildnet announced that by January 1st of 2019, all medical services to their 8,211 managed long-term care members will be terminated. United Healthcare, who until recently offered a partial MLTC plan, will also be pulling out of several counties in up-state New York by February of 2019, affecting nearly 1,500 enrollees who are said to be notified of these changes by November.
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Ensuring Maximum Hours with MLTC Evaluations

Individuals receiving home care services through a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) company may find that the agency did not award their family member or loved one with a sufficient amount of hours of home care services after they’ve conducted an evaluation.

The evaluation process by an MLTC can be complex. A person approved for Medicaid Home Care services will eventually have to enroll with an MLTC. The MLTC provider will send an evaluator to assess the recipient’s condition in order to create a care plan that will suit the individual’s daily needs. The evaluator will determine the number of hours per day that the recipient is entitled to receive to assist with their personal care needs. Continue reading “Ensuring Maximum Hours with MLTC Evaluations”

Revocable Living Trust

A revocable living trust allows assets within the trust as well as income generated by those assets to be managed and distributed by the trustee. The trust income and property are then distributed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the trust. This type of trust is referred to as a living trust because it is established during the life of the creator.

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Voluntary Administration Proceedings for Small Estates

When a parent dies without a Will and leaves behind money (example $10,000) in a sole checking account, a proceeding would be governed by the small estate process. Not all estates require a full probate or an administration proceeding. If the deceased passed away after January 1, 2009 and has $30,000 or less in personal property, they are entitled to a voluntary administration proceeding, which is a simplified Surrogate’s Court procedure.

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