Category Archives: Trusts

Transferring Assets and the Five Year Look-back

When an individual applies for Medicaid assistance in a nursing home, one of the first questions that is asked of them has to do with whether a transfer has been made of any asset for less than fair market values within five years (60 months) of the date of the application.  If such a transfer has been made, a “penalty period” will result depending on the value of the gift.  The larger the gift, the longer the penalty period.  Continue reading

Caring for Minor Children

“Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take them?” Continue reading

3 Ways Caregivers Can Get Financial Assistance

If you are a caregiver looking for financial assistance, there are several programs that may be able to help you. While you will still have to pay some out-of-pocket, taking advantage of these services can help you reduce the amount that you are personal spending on caregiving. Here are three ways you can get financial help. Continue reading

Who May Act as An Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

November 28th, 2016, Elder Care Matters Q&A discusses the importance of selecting an Agent under a Power of Attorney

Question:  Who may act as an agent under a Power of Attorney? Continue reading

Changes in Mom’s Sense of Humor Can Be Early Signs of Dementia

Often, with diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, the first signs and symptoms are subtle and are confused with normal signs of aging. So the diseases go unnoticed for many years. A recent study hopes to shed some light on one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, one that sometimes emerges years before any other symptoms: changes in a person’s sense of humor. Continue reading