4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Long-Term Care Insurance

My wife, Gina, and I are in year five of owning and running a home care agency, and we've experienced firsthand the pain of families struggling to pay for it. After Gina and I helped managed care for my mother, Emily, as she transitioned into an assisted living facility near our home, we knew we couldn't afford NOT to have a LTC plan. There are so many options, riders, qualifications and all of this was completely overwhelming. Ultimately, the entire process took us about eighteen months, but we did finally choose a long-term care insurance policy that was right for

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Can I Get Medicaid if I Transfer All of My Assets to My Spouse?

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In the past, to avoid exceeding Medicaid’s income and asset limits, many individuals transferred their assets into the name of other relatives, particularly when nursing home care was immediately needed.  Now, Medicaid takes into account all asset transfers made in the preceding five years prior to an application for Medicaid benefits (this period is called the “look-back” period).  If such asset transfers were made, Medicaid may assess a penalty period, which will delay the commencement of Medicaid benefits. However, as discussed below, it is crucial to understand that not all assets are counted for Medicaid benefits determination and that some

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Annuities and Qualifying for Public Benefits

Do you own an annuity? Annuities are a complicated subject and even more so when it comes to their effect on the Medicaid or VA Aid and Attendance application process. How can an annuity impact a person’s ability to qualify for Medicaid or VA benefits in the future? Before I answer the question, let’s start with some basics. Annuities are creditor protected insurance products that guarantee income. A qualified annuity is a financial product that accepts and grows funds. Premiums for qualified annuities are generally paid with pretax dollars, as are any investments purchased for use in a qualified retirement plan. “Qualified” is a descriptor given

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What is Mom’s Password?

What is Mom's Password?

Let’s face it. We live in a sophisticated, technologically driven world whether we like it or not.  Like most things in life, that happens to be both good and bad news. What is Mom's Password? But with technology comes passwords, usernames,  and PIN numbers. Not only are we instructed to keep these in a “safe” place, we are challenged with the task, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, of remembering what password goes with what. What is Mom's Password? So how do we keep all our passwords and usernames straight while we gracefully age and our short term memories grow a bit

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How can identity thieves use your personal information?

If an identity thief gets ahold of your information, it can be used in many ways. Your Social Security number can be used to create new accounts, take out a loan or apply for a job. Your bank account can be drained and fraudulent purchases can be made. Someone can use your information to see a doctor or get prescription drugs. If you lose your driver’s license or your wallet is stolen, someone might use your ID to avoid a DUI or speeding ticket or might try to purchase controlled items. If you’re a parent, teach your kids safe online

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Ultimate Guide to Burial Insurance for Seniors

Ultimate Guide to Burial Insurance for Seniors

With about 40% of adults in the U.S. foregoing life insurance, it makes sense to discuss how this can affect family members and close friends. For those of you who have played a part in financing a funeral when an uninsured family member or friend has passed away, certainly, you are intimately familiar with the financial burden that can accompany the grief of losing a loved one or close friend. Ultimate Guide to Burial Insurance for Seniors When the market crashed in 2007, practically every working person in America felt the impact. Many seniors who were hoping to stop working postponed

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Life (and Death) Happens: Why a Plan Is So Important

Growing up as the youngest of seven children I was surrounded by many maternal figures. The age difference between me and my oldest sister is sixteen years. In addition to the love from my parents, my siblings made sure I had everything I needed – everything except a plan for the unthinkable. At 10 years old, life was “normal.” I was doing well, going to school and hanging out with my friends. My childhood home was in the suburbs of Palm Desert, Calif. My siblings and I really didn’t want for anything. My father owned his own contracting business and

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Ultimate guide to prepare for a bright and enjoyable retirement

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Financial security is necessary, more at the age of retirement, and it just does not happen, it needs planning and confinement. Anyone who dreams for a happy and secure retirement, they need to figure out what exactly it means for them. Everyone should have some planning and set goals for their retirement, to have a fun, secure and comfortable retirement. Financial expert at Edumagnate suggests, preparing for retirement starts with examining the goal and time you have for that. After that, you need to check for various types of retirement planning experts and companies, who just raise not the only

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Death and the Family Hunt for Hidden Assets

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Where are you hiding assets? Are they stored away in a locked trunk in your attic? Are they located in boxes stacked on the back wall of your moldy basement? Or did you pile your valuable art and antiques in an off–site storage unit located two towns over from your house? Death and Family Hunt for Hidden Assets Do you have several passbook bank accounts from various banks scattered in the four towns you once lived in or three 401K Plans from prior employment? Have you hidden jewelry in tattered shoeboxes in the back of a third floor closet or in

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