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Why Should You Use Trusts in Your Estate Plan?

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Estate planning is all about controlling your assets. It offers control of your assets during your life as well as control of your assets after your death. The most basic way to establish this control is through a will, but for most people, the will needs to be followed by additional estate planning documents and tools. One of the most common is the trust. The trust can be very handy for individuals who want to control their assets. The need for a trust is driven by the level of control you would like to maintain over your estate. The trust offers...

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Choosing the Best Nursing Home for Your Parent or Loved One

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Children don’t want to think about their parents’ health declining. The lucky ones have parents who chose their own retirement community well in advance of needing the services. And the luckiest of all have parents with the means set aside to cover the costs associated with long-term care. But most of the time, the responsibility for finding a facility to provide long-term care services fall to the adult children of seniors. They do the legwork, they find the facility, they figure out funding for the long-term care, etc. Finding the right nursing home or other long-term care facility can be...

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How to Plan Ahead for Long-Term Care Costs

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Remaining independent as long as possible is a top priority for many Americans. Yet the majority will eventually need some type of housing or care support as they grow older. There are a number of options that provide for various needs. It is best to consider the options before you need them so you can plan for the unexpected and have access to the resources you need when the time comes. For many, the first option is in-home care. Approximately 80% of in-home care is provided by family members or nonprofits. As many are unpaid family members, this mode often comes...

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Estate Planning: Is Your Family Prepared for a Late-Life Health Emergency?

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When we get in a vehicle, we have seat belts. We are all aware that they are provided for our safety. Almost every time we get in a vehicle and drive to a destination, we do so without incident, yet we wear seat belts while we are in a vehicle as a precaution for the rare instances when there may be some type of car accident. This is similar to planning for unexpected medical events and emergencies. Proper estate planning can help manage the financial implications that are associated with unexpected health problems and the potentially long-term care needs that...

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Do You Understand Florida Medicaid Programs?

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Some questions are rhetorical. Others simply don’t deserve an answer. Some don’t have an answer at all and then there are the questions that have answers so big we don’t quite know what to do with them. One such question of epic proportions is: Do You Understand Medicaid Requirements? The Medicaid programs are federal programs administered on the state level. The program is designed as a means of offering assistance to low-income individuals that meet eligibility criteria set by each state. Florida’s eligibility is determined by age or disability in combination with income and asset limits with financial eligibility changing annually. Medicaid...

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5 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Most people associated Alzheimer’s or dementia with memory loss that disrupts daily life. This is one of the symptoms of the condition, but it is not the only one. It is also not necessarily the most common symptom. As Alzheimer’s affects more and more people and requires extensive health care services, it is important to complete estate planning early to prepare for unexpected situations later in life. It is also important to watch for early signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the conditions that requires the most extensive long-term care services. Other Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s: Memory (already mentioned): It’s...

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What You Don’t Know About Medicaid

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Are you familiar with Medicaid? What do you actually know about it? And more importantly, what don’t you know about Medicaid? What You Don’t Know About Medicaid: Medicaid was created in 1965 and is now the nation’s largest health insurer. It is an integral part of the American economy and society as a whole. Medicaid covers care at the end of life for millions. In addition to providing elder care to many seniors, approximately half of U.S. births are covered by the program. Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal government and the individual states. The coverage provides access to various health benefits for...

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Will Florida Medicaid Cover Nursing Home Costs?

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The state of Florida provides a number of services through long-term care managed care plans for those who qualify. These services may include assisted living facility and nursing facility care, some in home services, and medical equipment. There are two parts to the qualification process required for Florida Medicaid Long-Term Care Managed Care plans. An individual must first need nursing home level care and second, they must meet financial eligibility requirements. Qualifying for Florida Medicaid: Medically Necessary Nursing Home Level Care To qualify for Florida’s long-term managed care plan, you have to require nursing home level care. You must be able to...

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Are You Struggling to Find the Prices for Nursing Home Care?

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Have you noticed that prices for nursing home care are impossible to find? Individuals and families searching for assisted living and other facilities quickly notice how rare transparency in this area. When you are searching for an independent living facility, assisted living community, nursing home, continuing care retirement community, or other care facility for seniors, it’s likely that you’ll see a lot of pleasant photography and wordy descriptions of the location. What you probably won’t see is the price for care at the facility. The public holds most industries to a transparency standard with great success, but one industry that seems...

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How Much Income Goes Into a Miller Trust?

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To qualify for Medicaid, an applicant must have income that falls below specific limits. Some states allow applicants with income above the threshold set by eligibility requirements to spend down their income, covering the costs of their care. But Florida is an income cap state. As an income-cap state, Florida requires applicants with incomes exceeding the allowable limit to deposit excess income in a Qualified Income Trust or Miller Trust to qualify for Medicaid. A Miller trust can distribute a personal needs allowance to the applicant, funds can be used to pay the applicant’s spouse an allowance, and other funds can...

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