Critter Corner: How do Medicare and Social Security Work Together?

Dear Oakley, My husband will soon be retiring and is curious about Social Security and Medicare and how the two programs work together. Can you help explain this to him? Thanks for your help! Tu Gether --- Dear Tu, Social … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What is the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment for 2021?

Dear Oakley, What is the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment for 2021, and how is COLA calculated? Thanks so much! Maura Monney --- Dear Maura, The Social Security Administration announced this week that the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Social Security Strategies for Solo Agers

Dear Angel, I am 61 and considering whether to take my Social Security benefits next year or to wait. I am single and don’t have any children. Do you have any tips for someone in my situation? Thanks for your help! Earl … [Read more...]

Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Social Security?

Mike is 58 and hopes to retire from the government in seven years. His wife Diane will be 56 in the spring and plans to retire when Mike does. Similar to most people these days, they are staying at home and have had some time to … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can I Delay Enrollment of Medicare if I Have Not Yet Claimed Social Security?

Dear Oakley, I’m turning 65 and I have not yet claimed my Social Security benefits because I thought it would make good financial sense to wait. Can I choose to wait to enroll in Medicare as well? Thanks! Juana … [Read more...]

Top 19 Articles of 2019

Those who read our newsletter or follow our blog know that we covered a lot of ground in 2019. This past year, the Federal Tax Act increased the federal estate and gift tax exemption from $11.18 million dollars per person to $11.4 … [Read more...]

2020 Key Elder Law Dollar Amounts

Every year we release the key dollar amounts that are frequently used in elder law, including Medicaid figures, Medicare premiums, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental Security Income. Since most of these figures have been … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Been the victim of a Social Security Scam? There’s a New Online Form for That!

Dear Magic, My mother was the victim of a Social Security scam. I told her she should report it, but whenever she tries, she is on hold for what seems like forever. Is there another way? Thanks, Ree Portit --- Dear … [Read more...]

What Does the Future of Retirement Look Like?

Charles and Laura, both 67, recently retired and decided to relocate from Northern Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley. They enjoy the slower pace, quieter neighborhoods, and natural beauty of the serene mountains. Their monthly … [Read more...]

Social Security Error Affects Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors

James and his wife Elizabeth were surprised last month when they lost their Medicare drug coverage all of a sudden. They had the same drug plan since 2013 with no issues, which is why they were so taken aback when notified that … [Read more...]