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How Does a Qualified Income Trust (Miller Trust) Help Medicaid Eligibility in Georgia?

Seniors applying for Medicaid to cover long-term care costs must meet both asset and income requirements to be eligible. If you are over the income limit, establishing a Qualified Income Trust (QIT) — also called a Miller Trust — may enable you t… Read More
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How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Rule Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Eligibility for Medicaid coverage for long-term care costs requires a complicated analysis of a senior’s assets and income. One asset rule that causes a lot of confusion is the Medicaid look-back period. While the rule itself is complex to apply in… Read More
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Can Veterans Receive Both VA Benefits and Medicaid?

Both Medicaid and VA benefits may pay for long-term care costs for qualifying elders. Each program is complex and can be difficult to understand by itself. What’s even more confusing is how VA benefits and Medicaid interact with one another. VA ben… Read More
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What Is the VA Pension Aid and Attendance Benefit for Veterans?

A special program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides the Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans. Many veterans and spouses are unaware of the benefit, which can help pay for long-term care needs and supplement the… Read More
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How Estate Planning Protects You During Your Life

Many people do not realize that an estate plan does a lot more than determine distribution of your property after your death.  Careful estate planning protects you during your life as well. Your Estate Plan Protects You and Your Family An important… Read More
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How To Protect Your Children’s Inheritance From Strangers and Gold Diggers

How would you feel if you knew that your children would never receive the financial legacy you built for them?  As unthinkable as it sounds, children can be cut out of the family estate when a deceased spouse leaves everything outright to the surviv… Read More
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What Is the Effect of Income-Producing Property on Medicaid Eligibility in Georgia?

Medicaid is program funded jointly by the State of Georgia and the federal government that may benefit senior residents needing long-term care.  The eligibility rules for Medicaid are extremely complicated.  One particular issue that arises with so… Read More
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Recent Changes in the Georgia Power of Attorney Act May Affect Your Estate Plan

Georgia law governing powers of attorney changed substantially on July 1, 2017.  Additional changes became effective on July 1, 2018.  If you created your power of attorney before the changes, or if you consider creating a power of attorney now, un… Read More
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How Does Life Insurance Affect Medicaid Eligibility in Georgia?

In our Medicaid planning practice at Asset Protection & Elder Law of Georgia, clients often ask whether life insurance affects Medicaid eligibility in Georgia.  Sometimes it does — and other times it does not.  If it does, you can address the… Read More
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Inherited IRAs Lose Asset Protection in Georgia

In June 2014, a decision of the United States Supreme Court concerning inherited Individual Retirement Accounts sent repercussions through the estate planning and financial planning communities — and had a significant financial impact on a woman wh… Read More
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