Medicare Set Asides (MSAs) are common in the Workers’ Comp field and may become more commonplace in liability cases sooner than later. At settlement, many attorneys acknowledge that their clients are incapable of managing the settlement proceeds, but many do not know the effect that an award can have on means-tested benefits such as Medicaid and SSI.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act"), signed into law on December 22, 2017, makes sweeping changes to U.S. tax law. The Act touches on almost every aspect of tax law, including the estate and gift tax. The amount of the basic exclusion from estate tax is increased from $5 million to $10 million, which, adjusted for inflation, means that decedents dying in 2018 will have an $11.2 million exclusion from federal estate tax. Unlike prior versions of the legislation, the final Act does not provide for the ultimate repeal of the estate tax. Instead, it includes a "sunset" for the increased estate tax exemption, by providing that the increased basic exclusion amount applies to estates of decedents dying before January 1, 2026.
The number one concern among Beneficiaries and Advocates regarding a pooled special needs trust (PSNT) is understanding how the trust and disbursement process work. Accessing the trust and requesting disbursements should not be frustrating. Upfront explanation of how the disbursement process works and how and why decisions are made can help your client avoid confusion.
Author: Eric Needle | President, Longbow Strategic Group
In 2018, we recommend you do one thing to market your business: Engage in digital marketing.
When people search for the services you provide, they need to find your practice. If you’re not actively marketing yourself online, focused on search, then you risk losing new business.
When a Gen-X’er or Millennial needs information, they turn to Google—and other search engines.
As someone who just this year had to research living wills, trusts and managing the financial affairs of my aging parents, I understand the mindset.
Mom and Dad live two hours south of me in West Palm Beach, Florida. They shouldn’t be driving and they need help, daily. Outside of my local sphere of influence, I can’t hop in the car and rush to their defense with just a moment’s notice.
Questions I need to know include:
How do I protect my parents?
What are their wishes, do they have living wills, and what is a living will?
When do I need to take control of their affairs and how do I do that?
What is power of attorney?
How does assisted living work?
How do I pay for it?
How do I manage my Dad’s VA benefits?
or help them manage their bills, finances and taxes?
I’m sure you hear these questions—daily—in the operation of your legal practice.
When people have these questions and search online, what answers, or more importantly, where do they turn for a solution?
Melbourne, FL— InterActive Legal announces the appointment of Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP (distinguished), JD, as a member of the InterActive Legal Advisory Board.
Mr. Shenkman is a prolific speaker and author, and the Founder of Shenkman Law, a law firm with offices in New Jersey and New York, through which he represents clients in estate and tax planning, planning for closely held businesses, and estate administration. Mr. Shenkman is also actively involved in many charitable causes, frequently giving presentations to charitable and professional organizations around the country.
As estate planners, part of our job is making sure our clients’ desires – as far as who receives their property – are fulfilled. Some clients know exactly what they want, and others need to be provided with options so that they can choose the who and the how. But in every case, we also must help our clients to consider all possibilities, with respect to both the people and property involved.
January tends to be a very busy time for elder law attorneys.
The holiday season seems to result in increased injury and illness for the elderly which results in more rehabilitation leading to long term care needs. On top of those long term care needs that result from illness or injury, many children return home for the holidays and realize that their parents need more assistance than they had anticipated. All of these add up to increased need to find and organize long term care services and a need to plan for payment of long term care costs.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last week, you undoubtedly know that America is still reeling from the election. Regardless of your political view, the fact that a reality television star is going to be the next POTUS is surreal.