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Elder Law

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recent Death of Prince Shows the Need for Thoughtful Estate Planning

The death of the renowned musician Prince at age 57 shocked the world. It also brought into focus for many of us the need for us to be mindful about our own estate planning. Not only was Prince's death untimely and unexpected, it was the death of a celebrity with a substantial estate who died without a will.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Boston-area Elder Services Director Indicted on Fraud, Theft

Our attorneys work with families to ensure the safety and security of the elderly population, as well as to address concerns regarding long-term care costs. Not only does this include protection from physical and/or emotional harm at the hands of wayward caretakers, but insulation from the devastating effects of elder financial abuse as well. According to statistics, elder abuse is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States, often due to the diminished mental capacities of victims and/or victims’ unwillingness to come forward with allegations against family members or caregivers.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

How To Protect Your Assets From The Cost Of Long-Term Care!

By: Attorney Maana P. Hickson from Rubin, Hay & Gould, P.C.

Many elders fear that their savings will be depleted paying for the cost of their care. Skilled care at home or in a nursing home can cost upwards of $12,000 per month.  Health insurance and Medicare do not cover the cost of long-term care.

Please join Attorney Maana P. Hickson for a presentation on April 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Callahan Center in Framingham to discuss long-term care/Medicaid planning and stay afterward for a question and answer session. Maana will discuss the Medicaid regulations and how careful advanced planning can protect your assets. We look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What is Medicaid and am I eligible?

by Attorney Maana P. Hickson on March 8, 2016

Many clients come to us with questions concerning Medicaid. So what is Medicaid? Medicaid, or MassHealth in Massachusetts, is a state and federally funded program that provides health coverage for individuals with low income and assets. MassHealth also assists with the cost of long-term care in a nursing facility and will provide the following services at home:  personal care attendant, adult day care, home health services, etc.

MassHealth Eligibility Requirements (for applicants over age 65)

MassHealth has different qualifications for eligibility depending on whether the applicant is seeking benefits at home or in a long-term care facility.

To qualify for MassHealth coverage at home (community MassHealth), as a single applicant, there is an income threshold of $981 per month and an asset limit of $2,000. For a couple, where only one spouse requires MassHealth benefits, there is an income threshold of $1,328 per month, and an asset limit of $3,000. Additional income and assets may be retained if an applicant requires additional medical assistance.

To qualify for MassHealth coverage in a long-term care facility, as a single applicant, the asset limit is $2,000; however, for a couple where only one spouse requires MassHealth, the spouse in the community can keep assets totaling $119,220. There is no income limit. The applicant’s income is paid to the facility each month with a few allowable deductions.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Estate Planning For Your Golden Years

Please join elder law attorney, Maana P. Hickson, from Rubin, Hay & Gould, P.C. to discuss the essential estate planning documents for seniors. Attorney Hickson will discuss how best to plan to help ensure the right person is making medical and financial decisions for you, if you are unable to do so. She will also discuss planning for the easy administration of your estate, reducing estate taxes and providing for your heirs. We look forward to seeing you.

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Topics Covered Will Be:

  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Wills
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies, HIPAA Releases and Living Wills
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Probate
  • Estate Taxes

Wednesday, March, 23rd
5:30pm arrival
6-7pm presentation
The Residence at Valley Farm
369 Pond Street, Ashland, MA

Note to please park in Shaw’s Plaza lot if our lot is full, NOT the KinderCare lot.


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