The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

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Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government agency that disburses Social Security, name you as … Read More

How Do Divorce and Remarriage Affect Social Security Benefits?

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It is common knowledge that husbands and wives are entitled to collect Social Security benefits on their spouses’ work records. Less well known is that this benefit applies to divorced spouses as long as the spouse has not remarried. Divorced … Read More

Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

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No one wants to think about his or her death, but a little preparation in the form of a prepaid funeral contract can be useful. In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be … Read More

Don’t Let Health Care Providers Use the Improvement Standard to Deny Medicare Coverage

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Have you or a loved one been denied Medicare-covered services because you’re “not improving”? Many health care providers are still not aware that Medicare is required to cover skilled nursing and home care even if a patient is not showing … Read More

Understanding Charitable Remainder Trusts: How to Secure a Lifetime Income, Save on Income / Capital Gains Taxes & Benefit a Charity at the “End of the Day”

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Since 1969, countless families have used charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) to increase their incomes, save taxes and benefit charities. What does a CRT do? A CRT lets you convert a highly appreciated asset like stock or real estate into lifetime … Read More

MORE GOOD THAN BAD: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying an Annuity Doubler to Pay for Long-Term Care

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As long-term care insurance premiums keep rising and fewer companies are offering policies, seniors are looking for other ways to help pay for long-term care. Annuity “nursing home doublers” have emerged as a new long-term care option. These doublers can … Read More

DON’T SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE: Typical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017

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Social Security benefits will rise only slightly in 2017. This follows no increase in benefits in 2016 and small increases for many of the previous years. The small bump in 2017 will likely be eaten up by higher Medicare Part … Read More

SHOCKER: Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

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Americans are misinformed about many aspects of Social Security, and local Social Security offices may not be helping, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The study found that the Social Security field offices often did not … Read More

Take These Three Steps When Your Child Turns 18

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If your child has reached the teenage years, you may already feel as though you are losing control of her life. This is legally true once your child reaches the age of 18 because the state considers her to be … Read More

Medicare Preventive Services: What’s Free and What Isn’t?

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When we’re young we believe that we’re invincible, which makes it harder to admit as we age that our bodies naturally need more care. Normal aging affects the heart, bones and joints, so preventive care is key to avoiding aging … Read More

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