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Answers about Veterans Healthcare Benefits

vcollierVictoria L. Collier, Esq.
Collier & St. Clair, LLP
Decatur, Georgia  30030
404-370-0696

In this 10 minute interview with Victoria L. Collier, Esq., Founder of Collier & St. Clair, LLP - and a member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Georgia chapter, you will get answers to the following frequently asked questions about Veterans Healthcare Benefits: 

  • What veterans' healthcare benefits are available to wartime veterans who were not injured in the military?
  • Does the veteran have to be retired from the military to get any VA healthcare benefits?
  • Are there any VA healthcare benefits available in the home?
  • What is "aid and attendance"?
  • Does the Veteran or the Veteran's spouse have to live in an assisted living facility in order to get "aid and attendance"?
  • What are the income and asset limitations to qualify for these VA healthcare benefits?

If you need help with any of your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with their issues of aging.

What are the responsibilities of being named a Successor Trustee?

smakuakaneScott A. Makuakane, Esq., CFP
Est8Planning Counsel LLLC
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
808-587-8227 

In this 7 minute interview with Scott Makuakane, Esq, CFP, Founder of Est8Planning Counsel of Honolulu, Hawaii – and a member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Hawaii chapter - you will get answers to the following frequently asked questions about the responsibilities of being a Successor Trustee: 

  • What is a Trust and why is it necessary for a Successor Trustee to be named?
  • What are some basic rules that all Successor Trustees should be aware of?
  • What are the duties of a Successor Trustee?
  • What are some things that should be kept in mind that will make the job of Successor Trustee easier?

If you need help with any of your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with their issues of aging.

Qualifying for Nursing Home Medicaid in Georgia

David Paul Pollan, Esq.
David Paul Pollan, Esq.
The Pollan Law Firm
Atlanta, Georgia  30309
678-510-1358
 

In this 9 minute interview with David Paul Pollan, Esq., Founder of the Pollan Law Firm - a member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Georgia chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • In Georgia, what are the income limits and asset limits for eligibility for Nursing Home Medicaid for both a single person and a married person?
  • How does eligibility for Nursing Home Medicaid affect the rate of pay that the nursing home resident owes for the nursing home?
  • In addition to the benefit of the reduced cost of nursing home care, what other types of things will Medicaid cover financially once someone becomes eligible for Nursing Home Medicaid?
  • What are the potential benefits for implementing an estate plan that includes a testamentary special needs trust by an individual who has a spouse in a nursing home that is either Medicaid eligible or considering applying?

If you need help with any of your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with their issues of aging. 

Familiy Conflict & Litigation Issues Concerning Long Term Care

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Shannon Martin, M.S.W., CMC
Aging Wisely, LLC
Clearwater, Florida
727-447-5845

In this 8 minute interview with Shannon Martin, M.S.W., CMC, of Aging Wisely, LLC - a member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Florida chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What are some examples of conflicts concerning long term care and estate planning that have ended up causing strife & legal battles among family members?
  • What are some of the things families can do in order to proactively avoid these potential conflicts and subsequent legal battles?
  • What are some of the red flags that will warn us of these types of major conflicts between family members?

If you need help with any of your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with their issues of aging. 

The Hoarding Dilemma: When and How to Help

Martha M. Kern
Martha M. Kern
Lifecare Home Solutions
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
630-932-4032

In this 11 minute interview with Martha M. Kern, Director of Lifecare Home Solutions and member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Illinois chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What does this concept of "Hoarding Dilemma" mean?
  • How widespread is hoarding in America and what are the "tell tale" signs of someone who may be a hoarder?
  • How does one measure the extent or severity of this problem?
  • What are some of the associated problems that an individual may experience along with hoarding?
  • What should a family do if they suspect that one of their loved ones is a hoarder?  When and how can they help?

If you would like to read Ms. Kern's article titled, The Hoarding Dilemma: When and How to Help, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging. 

Tips to Make Downsizing Easier

Sally Allen
Sally Allen
A Place for Everything, LLC
Golden, Colorado
303-526-5357

In this 12 1/2 minute interview with Sally Allen, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Colorado chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What is downsizing?
  • What are the benefits of proactively downsizing?
  • What is the process for downsizing an elder who has accumulated a lot of "stuff" during his or her lifetime?

If you would like to read Ms. Allen's article titled, Tips to Make Downsizing Easier, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

 

Who Pays for Long-Term Care?

Allen Kampf, RFC
Allen Kampf, RFC
Wealth Advocacy Partners
Sparks, Maryland
410-527-1171

In this 11 1/2 minute interview with Allen Kampf, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Maryland chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What is long-term care insurance and why would someone need to consider purchasing this type of insurance protection?
  • Doesn't Medicare or perhaps a Medigap insurance policy provide families with long term care assistance?
  • What exactly does Medicaid cover re: long term care?
  • And when should someone consider purchasing long term care insurance?

If you would like to read Mr. Kampf's article titled, Who Pays for Long-Term Care?, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

Answers to frequently asked questions about revocable living trusts

Scott Makuakane, JD, CFP
Scott Makuakane, JD, CFP
Est8Planning Counsel, LLLP
Honolulu, Hawaii
808-587-8227

In this 6 minute interview with Scott Makuakane, JD, CFP, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Hawaii chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What is a trust?
  • What are the differences between a revocable and an irrevocable trust?
  • What is the difference between a living trust and a testamentary trust, and why is it important for families to understand the different types of trusts when establishing estate plans?
  • How would one benefit from using a trust in an estate plan?

If you would like to read Mr. Makuakane's article titled, Answers to frequently asked questions about revocable living trusts, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

Bankruptcy – What is it and when should it be used?

Jonathan Ginsberg
Jonathan Ginsberg, Esq.
Ginsberg Law Offices
Atlanta, Georgia
770-393-4985

In this 7 minute interview with Jonathan Ginsberg, Esq., member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Georgia chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:
  • What is bankruptcy?
  • What are the differences between Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 bankruptcies?
  • What are the cautions you would share with our listeners about bankruptcies, especially seniors who are facing financial problems?
  • What is the amount of money one can expect to spend to file bankruptcy and the amount of time the process will generally take?

If you would like to read Mr. Ginsberg's article titled, Special Considerations for Seniors Facing Bankruptcy, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

Medical Issues and Terminology in Long Term Care

Shay Jacobson, RN, MA
Shay Jacobson, RN, MA
Lifecare Innovations, Inc.
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
630-953-2155

In this 12 minute interview with Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Illinois chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions: 

  • What is long term care and where is this care usually provided?
  • Why would someone need long term care?
  • What are some of the major diseases of the elderly?
  • What are some of the medical conditions that are problematic in the long term care setting?

If you would like to read Ms. Jacobson's article titled, Medical Issues and Terminology in Long Term Care, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

The Probate Process

Paul T. Czepiga, CPA, JD
Paul T. Czepiga, CPA, JD
Czepiga Daly Dillman, LLC
Located in Newington & Wethersfield, Connecticut
860-563-4070

In this 12 minute interview with Paul T. Czepiga, CPA, JD, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Connecticut chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What is probate and why would a family need to consult with an attorney to assist them with this elder care matter?
  • What is the probate court's role in processing estates of decedents (which is sometimes called the estate administration process)?
  • What are the steps in the probate process?
  • What is the typical length of time to administer an estate and what would this normally cost a family?

If you would like to read Mr. Czepiga's article titled, The Probate Process – Connecticut's 6 steps can help you understand your state's procedures, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

Estate Planning – What is it & why is it important?

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Ben A. Neiburger, JD, CPA
Neiburger Law, Ltd.
Elmhurst, Illinois
630-782-1766

In this 9 minute interview with Ben A. Neiburger, JD, CPA, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Illinois chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What is Estate Planning and why would a family need to consult with an attorney to prepare an estate plan?
  • What are some of the tools and strategies that are used within estate plans to help ensure that one's assets go to their desired beneficiaries after death?
  • What happens if someone dies without a Will?
  • What are some of the questions families should ask when hiring an attorney to help them prepare their estate plans?

If you would like to read Mr. Neiburger's article titled, Estate Planning Tools to Transfer Assets After Death, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

Understanding Elder Law

Sanford J. Mall, JD, CELA
Sanford J. Mall, JD, CELA
Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C.
Farmington Hills, Michigan
248-538-1800

In this 9 1/2 minute interview with Sanford J. Mall, JD, CELA, member of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, Michigan chapter, you will learn answers to the following questions:

  • What exactly is an Elder Law attorney and when would a family need to meet with this type of Elder Care expert?
  • What are some of the legal issues of aging that Elder Law attorneys can help families plan for and deal with?
  • What are the qualifications and training that Elder Law attorneys should have?
  • What are some of the questions families should ask when hiring an Elder Law attorney?

If you would like to read Mr. Mall's article titled, Understanding Elder Law, visit the ElderCare Matters Library at ElderCareMatters.com/library.

And if you need help with your elder care matters, check us out online at ElderCareMatters.com – a resource to help families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.