Medicaid 2020 Update

MEDICAID 2020 UPDATE COMMENCING JANUARY 1ST, THERE ARE NEW MEDICAID AMOUNTS AFFECTING MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY. 2020 ASSET AND INCOME ALLOWANCES One Person Two Person Income Level *including $20 unearned income disregard $895 $1,304 Medicaid Resource Level $15,750 $23,100 2020 Medicaid Transfer Rates for Nursing Home Care Monthly Rates Nassau and Suffolk Counties $13,407 New York City… Read More »

Burial Place Wishes

Archbishop Sheen was known for his evangelism, radio broadcasts, and television show “Life is Worth Living”, which aired nationwide in the 1950s. For the last several years, Catholic dioceses have been at odds as to where his mortal remains should be interred. His remains have been interred in a crypt in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral since… Read More »

Social Security 2020 Update

SOCIAL SECURITY 2020 UPDATE SSI FOR NYS RESIDENTS Individual $870/month Couple $1,279/month MAXIMUM TAXABLE EARNINGS Social Security (OASDI only) $137,700 QUARTER OF COVERAGE Earnings Required $1,410/quarter SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY THRESHOLD Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)   Non-Blind $1,260 Blind $2,110 Trial Work Period (TWP) $910/month COST-OF-LIVNG ADJUSTMENT (COLA) For December (payable in January 2020) 1.6% MAXIMUM… Read More »

On Air with Eric Einhart

Guardianships: A Practical Explanation Eric J. Einhart joined Hilary Topper on her talk show, Hilary Topper on Air.  During this show, Eric discusses Frequently Asked Questions on Guardianships. Here are some of the questions he addresses during the show: What is a guardianship? When is it needed? What does a Guardian do? What is the… Read More »

November Seminars: Elder Law 101

  Wednesday, November 6 12:00-2:00pm Red Lobster 211 Old Country Rd #217 Carle Place, NY 11514 (Lunch) Register Here Tuesday, November 12 12:00-2:00pm The Irish Coffee Pub 131 Carleton Ave. East Islip, NY 11730 (Lunch) Register Here   Seating is Limited. Online Registration Required. Register Online at Contact: Ashley 516-393-3164  

Are Gifts Made During My Lifetime Includible In My Estate For Estate Tax Purposes?

The answer to the question “Are gifts made during my lifetime includible in my estate for estate tax purposes?” depends on several factors.   Federal For purposes of the Federal Estate Tax, yes, any taxable gifts you make during your lifetime are includible in your estate. However, this does not necessarily mean that those gifts… Read More »

What are Letters Testamentary?

Sometimes when a loved one passes away, an individual who believes he or she inherited assets from the decedent will be told at a bank or financial institution that they will need “Letters Testamentary” in order to collect those assets. The question most people have at that point is “What are Letters Testamentary?”   Letters… Read More »

Does Medicaid Pay for Assisted Living?

Generally, the answer to this question is “No”. However, Medicaid does have a program, aptly named the “Assisted Living Program” (or “ALP”) that does provide Medicaid coverage for an assisted living.  There are a number of facilities in New York, and about a half-dozen or so on Long Island, in the ALP program. Most assisted… Read More »