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Welcome to the August issue of the

Texas Elder Law E-letter

Our next free "Estate Planning Essentials" Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to noon is “sold out” (currently there is a waiting list). The next Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. To sign up for any Workshop, you may call us at (214) 720-0102 or sign up online at www.dallaselderlawyer.com or click here to register online. For over a year there has been a waiting list for each Estate Planning Workshop. So, if interested (or you know someone interested), it is probably best to sign up sooner rather than later.

On August 9, Michael B. Cohen was spotlighted for his volunteer work in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia e-newsletter of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Greater Dallas Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Saturday, October 7. Please note the new location, Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, Texas. The ceremony begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. If you wish to participate or simply to donate (and special thanks to KAAM 770 AM and the Percy Fund for its generous contribution to our walk team, Michael’s Marchers), please visit the Team Page of Michael’s Marchers by clicking here.

Also, Michael B. Cohen was honored this week by being named in Marquis Who’s Who in Law, an honor given to the top 3% of all attorneys, judges and legal professionals in the world.

We are also pleased to welcome newly-licensed attorney Travis Askew as an apprentice. In conjunction therewith, Michael B. Cohen has been honored to be named as an adjunct professor of law by Texas A&M School of Law.

In addition to our legal articles below, we have a new article entitled “Success Story of the Month” to give readers an insight how simple planning can save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Please note that although the KAAM 770 AM radio platform has changed (oldies music can still be heard online), Michael B. Cohen’s radio show "Know Your Legal Rights" will continue to air as it has in the past. The program is on Mondays at 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (although this may change during the SMU football season) on KAAM 770 AM. Podcasts of the shows are available on our website at www.dallaselderlawyer.com. If you want a question to be addressed on a future show, please mention the same on our website and we'll try to discuss the relevant topics.

Finally, since there has been much concern about potential changes in law (whether it be in connection with federal law such as repeal of Obamacare or tax reform or new state law), we are now offering to our existing estate planning clients who are not on our Estate Plan Maintenance and Fee Guarantee Program (which is similar to legal insurance if laws change) the ability to join our Maintenance Program updating your documents (certain conditions do apply) for as little as $60-$75 per month depending on your documents.


Although most Texas homes are a non-countable resource (if equity is under $560,000 if you are single, unlimited if you are married for Medicaid applicants) for long-term care Medicaid eligibility purposes,

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the names have been changed for confidentiality reasons) had the unusual situation

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A recent study indicates that an eye test could spot Alzheimer’s disease

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The Trump administration has announced that it will undo the rule originally issued by the Obama administration that prevented nursing homes from

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Long-Term Care Scorecard Finds States Have Room for Improvement

A new report finds that states have made incremental improvements in providing long-term care, but need to achieve more gains in order to meet the needs of the growing number of people who require long-term care services.  

Take These Three Steps When Your Child Turns 18

When your child reaches the age of 18, you no longer have the same level of access to, or authority over, his or her financial, educational and medical information. There are steps you can take to make sure your child is protected. 

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

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 improvement.

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Using a Prepaid Funeral Contract to Spend Down Assets for Medicaid

In addition to helping your family after your death, a prepaid funeral contract can be a good way to spend down assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.

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