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January 2017 Archives

Elder care costs can rival the costs of raising a child

Big costs can arise for families in many different contexts. One such context is the care of an aging loved one. There are all kinds of costs, such as costs related to long-term care and expenses for less intensive forms of paid assistance, that might come up in connection to a person’s care needs as they get older. These costs can hit rather high levels. This can particularly be the case if a senior ends up developing a chronic condition or other things that create special added care needs. A recent Forbes article noted that the costs a senior and their family could face in relation to elder care could easily end up in the realm of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Legislation introduced regarding fraud against the elderly

There are certain things that can vastly alter how a person’s retirement years go. One is if an elderly individual ends up being the victim of a fraud scam. Frauds targeting seniors can take a wide range of forms. Sometimes, such frauds are perpetrated by strangers, while other times they are done by a person an elderly individual is close to.

Keeping the unexpected in mind when it comes to your will

Many people have certain expectations about their eventual death. This includes assumptions about who they will die before and who will die before them. When a person forms a will, these expectations often inform their primary plans for what will happen with their assets when they die, such as who they designate as beneficiaries.

Is it time to revise your estate plan?

Given that we are almost a week into 2017, chances are very good that those individuals who made New Year's resolutions are now finding it harder to break their old habits and stick to their new goals. Indeed, the regular trips to the gym might already be getting increasingly tedious while the ability to resist that extra dinner portion might be getting increasingly difficult.

MassHealth eligibility rules could be changing

When it comes to addressing long-term care costs in their elderly years, some individuals rely on benefits from Massachusetts’ Medicaid program: MassHealth. So, what the eligibility rules are for such benefits can have major impacts on seniors in the state. Some changes have recently been proposed to these rules.