How Is Your Practice Different From Other Trusts and Estate Lawyers or a General Attorney Who Does Wills and Real Estate?

Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, answers your questions. This video addresses how Shana’s practice at Norris McLaughlin differs from other trusts and estate lawyers or a general attorney who handles wills and real estate. Peace of Mind is a video blog production series from the…

Estate Planning: What Does the SECURE Act Mean for You and Your Retirement?

The SECURE Act signed into law last week is the most important retirement legislation in over a decade. The overall goal of the SECURE Act was to make saving for retirement easier and more affordable. What’s New? One major change is that the age that individuals must start taking their minimum distributions from retirement accounts…

What Family Caregivers Need to Know About Medicaid and How It Could Help Them Financially

Approximately 20% of adults in the United States provide care to their parents or other adult family members. These caregivers provide an astonishing 34 billion hours of unpaid care. The economic value of this care is approximately $470 billion.  Since most of these caregivers are also juggling paid jobs with their caregivers, they don’t have…

Medicaid in Pennsylvania: Appeals Court Determines Undue Hardship Exception Essentially Meaningless

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has determined that Medicaid was appropriately denied based on transfers to the applicant’s son and Power of Attorney made to himself. (Brenckman v. Dept. Human Services, 443 C.D. 2018 (October 1, 2019)). Introduction This is not an unusual finding, as gifts and transfers for less than market value made within…

CMS Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model: What Will It Mean for Beneficiaries?

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented new rules for Medicare reimbursement of skilled care in a nursing home. Introduction These rules, referred to as Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) threaten care that Medicare recipients receive in a number of ways. According to CMS, the new payment model is meant to: More…

Five Things I Learned from My Father’s Illness

1. Emotional investment is different from a professional one. I have been a Geriatric Social Worker for many years. A large part of my work with clients is helping them to plan for serious illness and supporting and advocating for them in hospitals and nursing homes. So, I certainly felt I was well-prepared to take…

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