Personal Invitation to Godspell

To My Friends and Clients in the Northern Virginia area: If you're a fan of the musical "Godspell," I would like to invite you and your friends and family to attend a wonderful local youth production this weekend of this … [Read more...]

Be Prepared

In my last blog post, I mentioned I’d be spending a week and a half working as a member of the archery staff at the BSA National Scout Jamboree, helping the Boy Scouts of America celebrate its 100th Anniversary.   Well, I'm happy … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful 4th of July Celebration with family and friends.  I have not written for quite a while because I've been swamped -- both with work (helping so many elder law and estate planning clients that … [Read more...]

Survey Shows Some Nursing Homes May Bill For Services Not Provided

A recent Washington Post article concludes that many nursing homes have been “up-coding” billing for care of residents for years, meaning that some nursing homes sometimes bill a resident more than they should be billed by using a … [Read more...]

Health Reform: Changes in Store for the Elderly

After a year of legislative wrangling and premature forecasts of death, historic legislation overhauling the nation's health insurance system passed the Congress and has been signed into law by President Obama.  Among some of the … [Read more...]

New Medical Conditions — Including Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease — Now Qualify for Automatic Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are paid to individuals who, after having worked for many years, develop a disabling condition, prior to their normal retirement age, that is so severe that they are no longer able to … [Read more...]

How to Make the Best Nursing Home Placement for Your Loved One

Most nursing home admissions happen under extremely stressful circumstances. If you are faced with the overwhelming task of finding the best nursing home placement for a loved one, where do you begin? Although this is a job that … [Read more...]

Using a Reverse Mortgage to Pay for Home Care

Many of my clients ask me how I feel about reverse mortgages, and even more so this past week because of a favorable story that appeared in last week's Washington Post entitled "Reverse Mortgages are Not the Next Subprime."  This … [Read more...]

Evan Farr Teaches Course for Elder Law Attorneys Natonwide

~You Can Sign Up for a Similar Course for Consumers~ Last Thursday, Evan Farr conducted a national, attorney-only teleconference sponsored by the National Business Institute (NBI) on the topic of the Income Only Trust -- an asset … [Read more...]

Update on Virginia Life Estate Law

In June of last year, I wrote that "in the near future, life estates will no longer be considered exempt assets when applying for Medicaid." This was due to the fact that the Virginia General Assembly had recently passed … [Read more...]