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Divorce as a Medicaid Planning Option

Divorce is one of the most aggressive Medicaid planning tools. Divorce should not be approached lightly and should not be attempted without an attorney. Most Medicaid plans can be completed without the necessity of divorce. Even when divorce appears to be the answer, a simpler procedure, commonly known as a “Catholic divorce” (e.g., an action […]

Combating Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Suicide Risk

On September 1, 2021, the Administration for Community LIving posted a guest blog titled “BE WITH: Combating Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Suicide Risk. The blog post describes “how one project is helping build capacity within the aging network to help address social isolation and loneliness and prevent suicide amongst older adults.” Contributors include Laura Shannonhouse, […]

News Round-up – August 30, 2021

Ed Asner died on August 29, 2021. He is most well known for playing Lou Grant, but my personal favorite was his voice in the movie “Up.” America will miss you Mr. Asner. New York Times |  Wikipedia. Selected stories from Current Awareness in Aging Research E-Clippings No. 4390: Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will likely […]

Estate Tax and Gift Tax Anti-Claw Back Regulations

In 2021, the life-time estate and gift tax exemption is $11.7 million per donee (dead person or giftor). The exemption is scheduled to roll back to pre-2018 levels in 2026 unless extended by Congress. IRS Notice IR-2019-189 accompanied final regulations known as Anti-Claw Back regulations. These regulations essentially state that if you make a gift […]

Georgia Co-Age Announces 2022 Legislative Priorities

The Georgia Council on Aging (Co-Age) recently announced its legislative priorities going into the 2022 legislative session. They are: Restore funding to home and community based services which was cut when Governor Kemp ordered that every department reduce spending. Appropriate $300,000 to $500,000 to increase funding for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Allow Medicaid to […]

Can a Probate Court Order Visitation in a Guardianship Case?

In In re Estate of Wertzer, 330 Ga. App. 294 (2014), the primary issue was whether the probate court had the authority to enter an order establishing a visitation schedule with the father, over the objection of the mother, who had been appointed Sierra Wetzer’s guardian and conservator. The Court held that the probate court […]

Indictment Announced in Case Involving Elderly Victim

On July 30, 2021, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced the indictment of Borin Khoun on four counts of Theft by Taking in Gwinnett County Superior Court. The press release states: “Our Prosecution Division is committed to stopping criminals who perpetrate identity theft and financial fraud,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “People who prey on […]

News Roundup, 7-29-2021

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Tips to Make Mealtimes Easier for People with Alzheimer’s Decoding Heart-Brain Talk to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Deaths Researchers identify a cellular defect common to familial and sporadic forms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Device allows paralyzed man to communicate with words Scientists uncover how decisions about what we see are […]

Admitting Medical Records in Probate Court as an Exception to the Hearsay Rule

Former OCGA § 24-3-18 (now § 24-4-826) provides a hearsay exception for medical reports in civil cases without requiring the doctor to testify at trial. Bell v. Austin, 278 Ga. 844, 845 (1) (a) (607 SE2d 569) (2005). See Owensby v. Williams, 355 Ga. App. 695 (2020) (Stating in footnote 2 that former OCGA § […]

Scams and Fraud

The best way to avoid fraud is to be aware and to do your due diligence when someone asks for or demands money. For example, there are scammers calling, impersonating law enforcement, and telling callers they must pay money or they will be arrested. See City of Portland – Phone Scam Fraud Impersonating Police Office. […]

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