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What is a Third-Party Special Needs Trust??

Special needs trusts come in three main flavorsfirst-party special needs trusts, third-party special needs trusts, and pooled trusts.  All three trust varieties are designed to manage resources for a person with special needs so that the beneficiary can still qualify for public benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and MedicaidContinue reading

The Stages of Alzheimer’s

It’s instinctive to want a map. Where’s the next turn? It’s a human thought pattern. After we find out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease it’s only natural to research it. The National Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful tool, or “staging system,” to use as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s disease. The organization will be the first to tell you that people are not programmed to follow these stages in a direct line. With that in mind, we’ll look at the stages as presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association. Continue reading

Medicare: Closing the “Donut Hole”

The government has made a commitment to close the “donut hole” gap in Medicare coverage by 2020, but many current beneficiaries still find themselves falling into this pricey crevasse. Continue reading

Balancing A Career and Caregiving, You Can’t Go It Alone

Hollywood can be a great platform to provide mass exposure to many of the issues and challenges that plague society. It’s like the cliché, “art imitates life.” For example, the film Still Alice portrays some of the challenges families endure when one family member suffers from the Alzheimer’s disease. The success of the film, and the awards won by its leading lady, Julianne Moore, have brought awareness of these trials to the forefront of society. However, when the lights of the theatre dissipate and the box office numbers dwindle, the real-life caregivers and their challenges with their Alzheimer’s patients continue. Continue reading

Domicile – Where You Live Affects Your Taxes

A successful business owner with a large estate passed away in 1976. He had grown up in Texas, moved to California and also lived for many years in Nevada. With a $2.5 billion estate, there were substantial federal and state taxes. While the estate proceedings were held in Nevada, both California and Texas sued to collect state estate tax. The Nevada Court eventually determined that the domicile or personal residence of the businessman was in Nevada. While this was an unusual case with a very large asset value, there are several reasons why you should understand the basic rules of domicile. Where you live can affect both the distribution of your estate assets and your estate taxes. Continue reading