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News Sources: Elder Law Attorney Daniel Tully has 9 questions you should ask before you or a loved one goes into a nursing home Elder Law Attorney Janet Colliton answers “Where is home when you have more than one?” Social Security proposal would raise revenue and temporarily enhance benefits Nursing homes can now lift most […]

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In 2022, the annual gift tax exclusion will increase from $15,000 to $16,000 per recipient. In 2022, the estate and gift tax exemption will increase from $11.7 million to $12.06 million per taxpayer. See IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2022. See also IRS Announces Increased Gift and Estate Tax Exemption Amounts Also […]

Federal regulations require Medicaid agencies to afford individuals the opportunity to apply for Medicaid without delay. 42 CFR § 435.906. An application may be filed on the internet, by telephone, by mail, in person and through other commonly used electronic means. 42 CFR § 435.907. All applications must be signed under penalty of perjury. 42 […]

Sometime people assume monthly income counts toward the $2,000 resource limit. Assets (anything of value) are either income or resources. ” An asset cannot be considered income and a resource during the same month.” Georgia ABD Manual 2300-1 and 2300-2.  See also POMS SI 01110.600 B.3.This confuses many people because they are trying to keep bank […]

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) and Seniorlink recently announced its winners of the 2021 Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards. Lynn Platt of Peirce County is the Family Caregiver of the Year; Ellen Criswell of Forsyth is the Volunteer Caregiver of the Year; and Katherine Weaver of Winder is the Para-professional Caregiver of the Year. Read more…

During Covid-19, nursing facilities were allowed to restrict visitation to prevent Covid’s spread. A recent CMS letter to State Survey Directors says “[f]acilities must allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents as permitted under the regulations” In other words, visitation is now allowed for all residents at all times. Failure to permit […]

Many people have questions about guns and gun rights, especially as they relate to the elderly. The general answer is that in the United States, guns are poorly regulated. EZ Elder Law has no opinion regarding gun ownership generally, but guns and dementia are a poor mix. It is estimated that 9% of older Americans […]

November 14 through November 20, 2021, is International Fraud Awareness Week. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr says: Scammers are constantly adapting their fraudulent schemes to new technologies, seasonal happenings, the latest trends and current events,” said Carr. “To stay ahead of these deceptive tactics, we urge all Georgians to familiarize themselves with the common signs of a scam and to take precautions to […]

If you’ve ever wondered how to celebrate your loved one’s birthday or other special occasion, here’s an idea – TELL THE WORLD!. Melinda actually found this service and we’ve used it several times for different occasions. They are great and super inexpensive. The business name is Sassy Celebrations of Dalton, but we know there are […]

Every year the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit rate and Medicaid resource allowances are updated. For 2022, the federal benefit rate increased by 5.9%. There was no change in the SSI benefit rate. The SSI monthly benefit increased to $841. This means the Medicaid income cap increases to $2,523 of gross monthly income. The one-third […]

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