May 2014 Posts

  • 5 Family Gifting Strategies

    While many popular gifting strategies involve charities, gifting to family members can be equally rewarding. Here are a few easy approaches that can reduce or avoid taxes, and are also effective wealth transfer techniques....
  • Top 10 Tax Breaks You'll Miss in 2014

    You probably didn't notice, but when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2013, a number of popular tax benefits, commonly included in the list of provisions referred to as "tax extenders" expired. While it's possible that Congress could retroactively extend some or all of these items, you'll have to evaluate your 2014 tax situation based on the fact that they're no longer available....
  • "Estate Planning, Family Isn’t Always First" NYT article by Caitlin Kelly

    Whether it’s treasured pearl earrings or a vintage camera, a house or what’s left of your life savings, deciding who should inherit your worldly goods means making sometimes wrenching choices. For older people without children, stepchildren or grandchildren, the decision can be even more complex....
  • Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging

    A trio of new studies has discovered that the blood of young mice appears to reverse some of the effects of aging when put into the circulatory systems of elderly mice. ...
  • Many Skilled Care Providers Still Unaware of New Medicare Rules

    Even though Medicare is now covering skilled care for beneficiaries who are not improving, many are still being denied coverage, according to Judith Stein, director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. ...
  • Observation Stays in the Hospital: The Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries

    By Judith Stein, Esq. In December 2013, Ms. M., 99, was found on the floor in her assisted-living apartment. She was sent to the hospital and treated for a broken shoulder. She stayed at the hospital for three nights, but instead of being deemed an “inpatient,” she was considered to be under “observation.” As a result, she had to pay $300 a day for subsequent skilled nursing facility care that otherwise would have been covered by Medicare....
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