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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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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Indiana’s CARE Act

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Indiana legislature passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable Act” (known as the CARE Act”), which took effect on January 1, 2016. Under the CARE Act, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, the hospital must give the patient (or the patient’s guardian […]

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NOTICE Act Entitles Hospital Patients to Admission Status Information

Posted on July 2, 2016 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Special update as of August 18, 2016: The NOTICE Act implementation will not become effective until October 1, 2016, because of delayed promulgation of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (“MOON”) form by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We have reported the problems and pitfalls that […]

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Myths and Misconceptions about Medicare and Indiana Medicaid

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] We have written articles about estate planning and long-term care for more than a decade to debunk myths and misconceptions that may lead people into unnecessary problems. This article addresses some of those myths and misconceptions about Indiana Medicaid for the elderly. Permitted Annual Gifts. […]

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Non-Traditional Households Require Special Planning

Posted on January 24, 2016 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] A report published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009, showed that more than 60% of Americans had been married at least once by age 30 and at least 10% of Americans had been divorced by age 30 (https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf). If a “traditional” household includes a […]

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Too Young to Plan? Think Again!

Posted on January 8, 2016 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Young adults have blind spots about life because they were oblivious during their childhood of many decisions that their parents made for them. They never had to worry during childhood about filing income tax returns or whether to have x-rays or stitches because such decisions […]

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Power of Attorney – An Estate Plan’s Most Powerful Tool

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] New clients often ask us to prepare wills and we prepare wills for most of our estate planning clients. We tell clients that wills are important to deal with the business of dying, but death is not usually the biggest issue. A debilitating stroke or […]

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In Financial & Healthcare Decisions, “Trust, But Verify”

Posted on September 26, 2015 by Hawkins Law PC.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Many people today struggle with how to invest money and what to do when a family member faces a health crisis. When you lack expertise for urgent financial and healthcare decisions, take decision-making advice from former US President Ronald Reagan: “trust, but verify.” Mr. Reagan […]

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