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When we talk about estate planning and preparing for retirement, we often include a discussion on long term care expenses and how to pay for those costs. Many clients believe they have saved sufficient funds for retirement and assume they will never need government assistance. What if they are wrong?
That is a great question, and at the risk of sounding like an attorney, it depends. I typically recommend clients review their estate plans every two or three years, though if you have a life change, your estate plans should change immediately. A life change includes such things as marriage, separation, divorce, the birth of children, death of a spouse, and so forth.
Elder law attorneys work with individuals or families dealing with legal issues that often come along with aging. These may include such things as healthcare and financial powers of attorney, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, guardianships, or special needs planning, among others.
The death of a loved one, whether it is expected or not, can throw you and your family into turmoil as you enter a period of grieving. There are so many things that must be handled, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Some things must be dealt with quickly, while others can wait a few days or weeks. Here is a list of the top 10 things that typically must be handled.
Research shows May and June are the busiest months for home sales. If you plan to buy or sell in 2019, here’s what the market experts are predicting:
1. Interest rates will edge up a little higher. For many buyers, this will not be a deciding factor, but for those on the edge, it may force them to lower their expectations or wait to buy.
2. Buyers will have more inventory to choose from than they did in 2018, but homes may take longer to sell…
What is the ABLE Act?
The North Carolina Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law in 2015. The ABLE Act enables individuals with special needs or their families to open savings accounts that do not count as assets (within stated limits) when determining eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or other government benefits. These savings accounts are intended to cover qualified disability expenses for the individual with the disabling condition. This may include housing, transportation costs, assistive technology, job training, and more. The IRS determines which expenses qualify.