Category Archives: Estate Planning

ELECTRONIC WILLS

There apparently is a push for legislatures across the country to pass laws allowing electronic Last Will and Testaments rather than the traditional pen and paper Wills. In Connecticut a Last Will and Testament has to be signed by the testator and witnessed by two others who were present to see the testator sign the… Read More »

NEW LAWS AFFECTING ELDERS – 2019

With the close of the recent Connecticut Legislative session, Connecticut has a couple of new laws that effect our ageing and/or ailing population. Public Act 19-89 AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOME STAFFING LEVELS Effective October 1, 2019, this act requires Nursing Home facilities to post in a conspicuous place on a daily basis the staffing… Read More »

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN “ABLE” ACCOUNT?

ABLE accounts (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) allow an individual, who was disabled prior to age 26, to set up an account which allows the funds to grow tax-deferred and which will not be counted as an asset for public benefits the disabled person may be receiving as a result of their disability. One of… Read More »

WHAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ABOUT YOURSELF

As long as you are able to actively take part in medical decisions about yourself and are over the age of 18, no one else has the legal authority to do so.  As happens in life, circumstances may occur which impair your ability to make a medical decision for yourself.  It can be a temporary… Read More »

MEDICAID/TITLE XIX

Why Have an Elder Law Attorney Prepare the Application? Medicaid, also known as Title XIX (T19), is a welfare program, by definition, for anyone who needs long term services and support (LTSS). We all hope to never have to go this route, but with the cost of long term care today (upwards of $14,000/month for… Read More »

NEW LEGISLATION AFFECTING SENIORS (2018 Session)

The Office of Legislative Research for the State of Connecticut has published some of the new laws passed by the Connecticut legislature during the 2018 session.  Here are some of those new laws which were effective either when passed or as of October 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted: Emergency Medical Response System Contract: If you… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR 18+ YEAR OLD CHILD IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

At the suggestion of my partner, I recently read an article in Consumer Reports prompting this blog. Ironically, I had taken these very steps with my son, but never gave it a second thought that most people wouldn’t think of these issues. Once your child turns 18, even though you may still be financially and… Read More »

“MOLST” is Here!

“MOLST” stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is another option for those people who are terminally ill that expresses ones wishes beyond just a “DNR” order. A DNR or “Do Not Resuscitate” order is a medical order entered into your chart by a medical professional after consultation with you that directs any… Read More »

AS I WISH – A Complete Estate Plan

An estate plan is an organized plan of what you want to happen to your assets upon your passing. Having executed a Last Will does not “complete” your estate plan. It is extremely important that you understand that your estate plan is more than just your Last Will and Testament (and/or your Trust in some… Read More »

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