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Three Reasons Why Giving Your House to Your Children Isn't the Best Way to Protect It From Medicaid

16430-House.jpgYou may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.

Long-Term Care Costs on the Rise

16365-Rising costs.jpgThe median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5% from 2016, according to Genworth's 2017 Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $85,775, up 4.44% from 2016. The rise in prices is much larger than the 1.24% and 2.27% gains in 2016.

Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

Webp.net-resizeimage (3).jpgMany seniors and their families don't use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they're afraid of the cost. But an attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one.

Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

Webp.net-resizeimage (1).jpgNo one wants to think about his or her death, but a little preparation in the form of a prepaid funeral contract can be useful. In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be a good way to spend down assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

The Use of Immediate Annuities in Medicaid Planning for Married Couples

piggy_bank_and_calculator_sm.jpgImmediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income.

VA Pension Benefits and Medicaid Planning: Using These Tools to Defray the Cost of Elder Care

One of the biggest concerns for aging boomers is the question of how to cover the cost of nursing home care or assisted living. These are high costs that can quickly deplete the value of an estate.

Options for Preserving Wealth While Maintaining Medicaid Eligibility

Elderly Couple.PNGThese days, to preserve your wealth while ensuring your own comfort later in life, you have to be creative. If your goals include safeguarding your nest egg, passing on wealth to future generations and covering the costs of elder care, you need a plan that integrates multiple solutions.

How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

istock_000013882024_extrasmall_sm.jpgGiving your house to your children can have tax consequences, but there are ways to accomplish it tax-free. The best method to use will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. It's also important to use a strategy that will put you in the best position for future Medicaid long term care benefit eligibility should the need arise.

Execute a Power of Attorney Before It's Too Late

power_of_attorney_sm.jpgA durable power of attorney is an extremely important estate planning tool, even more important than a will in many cases. This crucial document allows a person you appoint -- your "attorney-in-fact" or "agent" -- to act in place of you -- the "principal" -- for financial purposes when and if you ever become incapacitated due to dementia or some other reason. The agent under the power of attorney can quickly step in and take care of your affairs.

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