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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.

Five Valuable Tips When Caring for a Parent at Home

More and more children are living with their parents when their parents begin to need supports for their care.  This situation can occur either with the parent moving in with the child or the child moving in with the parent.  This trend probably won’t reverse anytime soon. Children and their parents are finding that living […]

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What to Do with Cremated Remains

Can my ashes be spread anywhere? When we are completing a client’s Funeral Planning Declaration, this is a common question.  We also occasionally receive questions about scattering ashes from individuals who have cremated remains of family members in their possession.  Federal and Indiana laws dictate how and where cremated remains can be disposed.  However, laws […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Use a Lawyer for a Medicaid Application

Many seniors and their families don’t use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they’re afraid of the cost. But an attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one. Instead of taking steps based […]

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Three Likely Changes to Social Security in 2018*

Nearly two-thirds of retired workers rely on their Social Security benefit for at least half of their monthly income.  As compared to laws and rules governing other public programs, little has changed with the Social Security program over the last several years.  Even today with an estimated $11 trillion budgetary shortfall in the program, few […]

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Indiana ABLE Program Open for Enrollment

In March of 2016, we reported that then Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill making the “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (known as the ABLE Act) law in Indiana.  We are excited to report that Indiana’s ABLE program, INvestABLE Indiana, is now officially open for enrollment in Indiana. Congress passed the ABLE Act in […]

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Beware Medicare’s Penalties for Late Enrollment

People generally become eligible for Medicare at age 65, when they can receive benefits under Part A (hospital coverage), Part B (medical coverage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage).  But Medicare doesn’t want you to delay enrollment.  If only those who needed insurance signed up on time and healthier people waited, the healthy beneficiaries’ premiums […]

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