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Author: Jeffery D. Stinson, Certified Elder Law Attorney

Jeff is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, a distinction held by only a handful of lawyers in Indiana. For almost 20 years, he has focused on elder law, estate planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Affairs benefits planning, special needs planning, guardianships, and estate administration.

Special Ownership for Married Couples: Tenancy by the Entirety

Married couples have a special way to jointly own property in Indiana and many other states that has advantages over regular joint ownership. If you are married and own property jointly, you should make sure you have the right form of ownership. Joint tenants with rights of survivorship must have equal ownership interests in the […]

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Don’t Let Medicare Open Enrollment Go By Without Reassessing Your Options

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, during which you can freely enroll in or switch plans, runs from October 15 to December 7. Don’t let this period slip by without shopping around to see whether your current choices are the best ones for you. During this period you may enroll in a Medicare Part D (prescription drug) […]

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Prevent Your Power of Attorney from Being Ignored

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents there is. It allows someone you appoint — your agent or “attorney-in-fact” — to act in your place for financial purposes when and if you ever become incapacitated. However, many people experience difficulty in getting banks or other financial institutions to […]

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The Value of the Attorney in Medicaid Planning and Medicaid Applications

Should you involve an attorney for even “simple” Medicaid planning or a “simple” Medicaid application?  This depends on your situation, but it has been our experience that in most cases, the prudent answer would be “yes.” The Medicaid program began as the government health care program for individuals who were of minimal means and needed […]

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5 Questions to Ask Before Making Gifts for Medicaid or Tax Planning

Many seniors consider transferring assets for estate and long-term care planning purposes, or just to help out children and grandchildren. Gifts and transfers to a trust often make a lot of sense. They can save money in taxes and long-term care expenditures, and they can help out family members in need and serve as expressions […]

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Three Reasons Why Giving Your House to Your Children Isn’t the Best Way to Protect It From Medicaid

You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter an assisted living facility or a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it. Your home can be a barrier to Medicaid eligibility if […]

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