MEDICAID & PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS – PART 1

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Hawkins Law PC.

This article begins a 2-part explanation of how Indiana Medicaid deals with a remarried couple’s assets when one spouse requires nursing home care if the couple made a prenuptial agreement before they married.

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Hoosier Health Care Advance Directive Options May Improve

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Hawkins Law PC.

Indiana health care advance directive options may improve in 2019. If Indiana passes 2019 House Bill 1516 (HB 1516), then the law will upgrade how Hoosiers plan for future health care decisions. This article describes current health care advance directive laws and how the new law may help Indiana health care patients plan for emergency health care and end-of-life decisions.

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Personal Business Records Organization Tips

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Hawkins Law PC.

Few people manage their personal business records properly, so this article gives record-keeping tips.

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Medicaid IRA Rule Offers Nursing Home Cost Protection

Posted on December 27, 2018 by Hawkins Law PC.

This article explains some surprising new IRA protection opportunities created by recent Indiana Medicaid rule changes.

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Medicaid Lookback, Transfer Penalties, and Property Transfer Strategies

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Hawkins Law PC.

This article includes our answers to recent questions about Indiana’s 5-year Medicaid lookback rule. The answers also explain transfer penalties, and some property transfer strategies that elder law attorneys use to protect assets from long-term health care expenses. 5-Year Medicaid Lookback Inquiry Could my spouse and I avoid the lookback legally by purchasing my parents’ home […]

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Need-Based VA Pension Rules Change October 2018

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Hawkins Law PC.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA) published a new final rule on September 18, 2018. The new rule radically alters eligibility requirements for need-based VA pensions.  This article summarizes and explains new need-based VA pension eligibility requirements that take effect on October 18, 2018. Affected Veterans & Family Members The revised pension requirements […]

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Medicaid 5-Year Lookback Q & A

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We received a question through hawkinslaw.com about Medicaid eligibility, transfer penalties, and the 5-year lookback period. This article restates the Medicaid eligibility question without identifying the inquiring person and shows the typical response that we give to these questions.

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Young Parents Need Estate Plans

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This article explains why young parents need to make estate plans more urgently than the older generation that raised them.

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Estate Plans Must Clarify “Right Things”

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When an estate plan depends on someone to “do the right thing,” someone will inevitably dispute

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Does a Nursing Home Take Everything When You Need Nursing Home Care?

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Hawkins Law PC.

We have heard variations of the myth over the years: “A nursing home will  take everything.” Savvy people rely on facts, not myths, and prepare for nursing home care before a health crisis strikes. Those people use the facts and laws to plan ahead and protect property and savings lawfully and legitimately. This article presents the facts. It also […]

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