Category Archives: Power of Attorneys

Do You Need to File a Tax Return in 2015?

What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t have to file last year, but I picked up a little income from a part-time job in 2014 and I’m wondering whether I need to file this year. Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned (gross income), the source of that income, your filing status and your age. Your gross income includes all the income you receive that is not exempt from tax, excluding your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately. Continue reading

Planning for the Non-Traditional Family

By Robert M. Slutsky, Esq.

Robert Slutsky Associates

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, An ElderCare Matters Partner,

The percentage of married households in the United States fell from 55 percent in 1990 to 48 percent in 2010. About 40 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Three quarters of people who divorce remarry — accounting for a pretty large proportion of the 48 percent of American households that are married. Nearly 1.5 million babies a year are born to unmarried women, more than a third of all births. This can complicate matters, especially when the father is not identified or, in the case of donated sperm, does not exist. It also can mean a greater need for planning when there is no identified back-up parent if something happens to the mother. If you are in a relationship, but not married, have been married more than once, have children by more than one partner, or have beneficiaries who cannot manage funds for one reason or another, then it’s more important that you do estate planning. And you need more than LegalZoom to accomplish your goals. Continue reading

What Medicare Doesn’t Cover

I’m about to sign up for Medicare Part A and B and would like to find out what they don’t cover so I can avoid any unexpected costs down the road.

Medicare covers a variety of health care services, but it certainly does not cover everything. If you need or want certain services that are not covered, you’ll have to pay for them yourself unless you have other insurance or you’re in a Medicare Advantage health plan, which may cover some of these services. Here’s a rundown of what original Medicare generally does not cover. Continue reading

Helping Children Tomorrow

Parents and children often have a different perspective on saving and spending. Parents of retirement age today were born during the Great Depression or during the 1940s and have a strong desire to save and invest in order to increase economic security.

Some of their children may have a different perspective. Because their children did not grow up during adverse economic times, they tend to consume more and save less. Understandably, many of these parents hope that their children could have greater economic security during retirement. Continue reading