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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.

Medicare Premium to Edge Up in 2019

After staying the same last year, Medicare’s Part B premium will increase slightly in 2019. The premium will increase $1.50 from $134 a month to $135.50. Some Medicare recipients have been paying a lower premium because they are protected by something called the “hold harmless” rule from any increase in premiums when Social Security benefits […]

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It’s Now Harder for Veterans to Qualify for Long-Term Care Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finalized new rules that make it more difficult to qualify for long-term care benefits. The rules establish an asset limit, a look-back period, and asset transfer penalties for claimants applying for VA pension benefits that require a showing of financial need. The principal such benefit for those needing […]

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Department of Veterans Affairs Will Finally Implement Transfer Penalty Regulations for Pension Applications

Please note that we originally reported that the effective date of the new regulations was October 31.  After further review, we have determined that the effective date is October 18.  This article has been updated to reflect that the regulations will go into effect on October 18, 2018. In January 2015, we first reported to you […]

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Aretha Franklin’s Lack of a Will Could Cause Huge Problems

The passing of a beloved celebrity has again shined a spotlight on the potential devastating effect of not having an estate plan.  In 2016, we reported how the artist known as Prince passed without an estate plan.  To date, his estate is still marred in litigation with millions of dollars already being paid in attorney […]

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Jeff Stinson to Present Seminar on Legacy Planning

In conjunction with Hooverwood, Jeff Stinson will present a free seminar entitled “Leaving a Legacy, Beyond the Inheritance” on September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Hooverwood, 7001 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.  Attendees will not only learn about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, but will also about the importance of preserving their non-monetary legacy.  […]

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Fear of Losing Home to Medicaid Contributed to Elder Abuse Case

A California daughter and granddaughter’s fear of losing their home to Medicaid may have contributed to a severe case of elder abuse. If the pair had consulted with an elder law attorney, they might have figured out a way to get their mother the care she needed and also protect their house. Amanda Havens was […]

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