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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is the basic federal safety net program for the elderly, blind and disabled, providing them with a minimum guaranteed income. Effective January 1, 2008, the maximum federal SSI benefit is $637 a month for an individual and $956 a month for a couple (the amounts go up every January 1)...
Medicaid (called "MassHealth" in Massachusetts) is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities. In addition, it covers care in a nursing home for those who qualify. In the absence of any other public program covering long-term care...
Just as we create estate plans for our eventual demise, we also need to plan ahead for the possibility that we will become sick and unable to make our own medical decisions. Medical science has created many miracles, among them the technology to keep patients alive longer, sometimes indefinitely...
Why Plan Your Estate?
The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living beings. At the same time, no one likes to dwell on the prospect of his or her own death. But if you postpone planning for your demise until it is too late...
The Need for Planning
One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may end up in a nursing home. This not only means a great loss of personal autonomy, but also a tremendous financial price. Depending on location and level of care, nursing homes cost between $35,000 and $150,000 a year...
Before the enactment of the new Massachusetts Pet Trust Law, effective April 7, 2011, providing for your pets when you are no longer able to personally provide for their ongoing care was problematic. Under Massachusetts law, an animal is considered personal property and upon the death of the owner the animal passes through the estate...
Advanced Health Care Directives, Part 1 of 2
Advanced Health Care Directives, Part 2 of 2
Changes in Guardianship Law
Special Needs Trusts