Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

2019 Key Elder Law Dollar Amounts

Every year we release the key dollar amounts that are frequently used in elder law, including Medicaid figures, long-term care insurance deductibility limits, Medicare premiums, Social Security Disability, and Supplemental … [Read more...]

What Older Voters are Focusing on in the Midterm Elections

Q. I've been voting since I was able to do so, which is more decades ago than I'd like to mention. After all, voting is a responsibility! I know that seniors like me care about a broad range of issues, not just those commonly … [Read more...]

If You Collect Social Security, You’re Getting a “Raise!”

Q1. My husband and I rely on Social Security for about half of our monthly income. I heard that the cost-of-living adjustment announcement by the SSA is happening this week. Do you happen to know how the COLA is determined and how … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Avoid Being a Victim of a Social Security Scam

Dear Ribbit, I heard that there has been an upsurge in Social Security scams lately. What are they about and how can I avoid them?  Thanks! Lee Vameealone --- Dear Lee, You are correct. The Social Security … [Read more...]

Social Security is 83! How to Get the Most Out of the Program

Q. My husband and I are approaching 62 years old, the year when we both first qualify for Social Security. Now that we’ve reached this point, I have a few questions about the program. I was wondering what the advantages are of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Does the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report Say About Social Security?

Dear Magic, I read that the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report was recently released. There have been some alarming headlines about the future of Medicare, but I haven't seen anything about Social Security. Based on the findings in … [Read more...]

Is Social Security Taxable?

Q. I retired last year, and started receiving Social Security benefits. I am getting ready to do my taxes, and was wondering if I have to pay federal or state taxes on my Social Security income. My understanding was that Social … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What If I Claimed Social Security Too Early?

Dear Magic, In June of 2010, when I was 62 years old, I decided to quit working and take Social Security. I was afraid Social Security might go away before my full retirement age, or that I might die before that time, so I went … [Read more...]