“Right to Live” appeal dismissed as moot (N.J. Super.) —————————————— Rueben Betancourt underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his thymus gland. Although the surgery went well, during recovery, the ventilation tube supplying him with oxygen was dislodged and he developed anoxic encephalopathy which left him in a persistent vegetative state and with other […]

Probate heir has no property right in conservatorship estate (Ga.) ——————————- Opal Stewart was appointed as her father’s conservator. After her father died, she was also his personal representative. Under Georgia law, a conservatorship terminates upon the death of the ward, but the conservator must still petition for discharge. Where the conservator also serves as […]

Cooperative federalism is not license to re-write clear federal rules (Co. App.) Ruth Koehler sued the Department after it terminated her benefits under its Medicaid Home and Community Based Services for the Elderly, Blind and Disabled (HCBS) program. Ruth, an elderly disabled woman, received HCBS as an alternative to nursing home care. Her husband resided […]

Trustee had discretion to assess defense costs to wayward son (Ga. App.) ———————————— Howard McPherson established an irrevocable trust in 1990. At the time, he had four children, Scott, Lisa, Robin, and Eric. An additional son was born to Howard’s second wife after the trust was established. The trust gave the trustee discretion to provide […]

Hogberg v. State Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 2009 Conn. Super. LEXIS 50 (2009). Lynda Hogberg was admitted to a nursing home in September, 2004. Two years later, in September 2006, her husband, a community spouse, filed a Medicaid application. The application was denied in March, 2007. In April, 2007, he filed an appeal. On May […]

James v. Richman, 465 F. Supp. 2d 395 (M.D. Pa. 2006). Robert and Josephine James were married when Robert went to the nursing home. A resource assessment was done and Medicaid determined they had $278,343 in available resources. To reduce their resources, Josephine purchased a $250,000 single premium immediate irrevocable annuity from General Electric Assurance […]

Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980). The Medicaid program created by Title XIX is a cooperative endeavor in which the Federal Government provides financial assistance to participating States to aid them in furnishing health care to needy persons. Under this system of “cooperative federalism,” King v. Smith, 392 U.S. 309, 316, if a State […]

In Atlanta Oculoplastic Surgery, P.C. v. Nestlehutt, 286 Ga. 731 (2010), the Georgia Supreme Court considered whether arbitrary limits to noneconomic damages in malpractice cases violated Georgia’s Constitution. Those limits were imposed as part of the Tort Reform Act of 2005, and were codified at O.C.G.A. § 53-13-1. In Nestlehutt, Dr. Harvey P. Cole had […]

In Booth v. State, the Georgia Supreme Court considered the appeal of a daughter convicted of killing her mother. Booth took custody of her elderly mother, Cowart, after she was discharged from the hospital in October 2016. Booth cared for Cowart in Booth’s home with the assistance of a registered nurse until early December. Cowart […]

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In Giller v. Slosberg, an elderly father revoked an existing power of attorney, executed a new power of attorney, and made changes to certain financial accounts relating to his estate-planning strategy. Giller and Seidner (sisters) appealed a judment following a jury verdict in favor of their brother, Slosberg. Slosberg believed his sisters exerted undue influence […]

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