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Choosing and Evaluating a Nursing Home

f1d3bc9912.jpgCan there be a more difficult job than finding a nursing home for a parent or spouse? No one wants to live in a nursing home. They serve as institutions of last resort when it's impossible to provide the necessary care in any other setting. And, typically, the search takes place under the gun when a hospital or rehabilitation center is threatening discharge or it's no longer possible for the loved one to live at home. Finally, in most cases, finding the right nursing home is a once-in-a-lifetime task, one you're taking on without the experience of having done it before.

Home Health Care Patients With Chronic Conditions Are Having Trouble Getting Medicare

16530-Home Health Care.jpgMedicare is supposed to provide up to 35 hours a week of home care to those who qualify, but many Medicare patients with chronic conditions are being wrongly denied such care. Many home health care agencies are simply telling patients they are not covered.

How does eminent domain apply to land underwater?

Muleshoe lake landowner Wayne Hoang Nhut Doan filed a lawsuit against TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP for trespassing on his property when installing a pipeline.

The company had asked Doan to sign an agreement for the pipeline to proceed across the lake. When Doan refused to sign, the company simply filed for eminent domain and was able do the work anyway.

When can the government legally take your property?

When does the government have a right to take your property? Texans feeling nervous about the possibility of either a Bullet Train or a border wall running through their backyard may also be wondering if they have a legal right to refuse the use of their property if the government comes calling.

The answer isn't as simple as yes or no.

Estate Planning and Retirement Considerations for Late-in-Life Parents

16542-old parent young child.jpgDriven in part by changing cultural mores and surrogate motherhood, older parents are becoming more and more common. Comedian and author Steve Martin had his first child at age 67. Singer Billy Joel just welcomed his third daughter. Janet Jackson had a child at age 50. If you are a later-in-life parent, you should take into account several special estate planning and retirement considerations.

Two Popular Medigap Plans Are Ending. Should You Enroll While You Can?

16472-Medigap.jpgIf you will soon turn 65 and be applying for Medicare, you should carefully consider which Medigap policy to enroll in because two of the most popular plans will be ending soon. In 2020, Medicare beneficiaries will no longer be able to enroll in Plans F and C.

Spending Down (or Exempting) Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

16479-Pay money.jpgMedicaid has strict asset rules that compel many applicants to "spend down" their assets before they can qualify for coverage. It is important to know what you can spend your money on without endangering Medicaid eligibility.

Eminent domain and the fight for a border wall

One of the most memorable statements made during President Trump’s election was the topic of building a border wall spanning the southern U.S. and Mexico border. Currently, there is no authorization to begin construction of the border wall. However, there are many factors causing high-cost delays in obtaining what’s necessary to go forward with the project.

Hints that the government is pursuing the wall

How Will the New Tax Law Affect You?

16482-U.S. Capitol.jpgThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 and represents the most significant reform of the U.S. tax code in over 30 years. Before we get into the details, you should be aware that almost everything listed below expires after 2025, and the tax structure reverts to its current form in 2026 unless Congress acts between now and then. However, the corporate tax rate cut from 35 percent to 21 percent does not expire.

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