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Elder Law and Special Needs News

June 2020

 To Clients, Colleagues and Friends:

We are pleased to announce that Certified Elder Law Attorneys Julian Gray, Robert Schweitzer, and Caitlin Harper have all been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for 2020 in the area of Elder Law by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine.

Featured Articles

The Importance of Estate Planning—Lessons to be Learned from Kobe Bryant’s Death
When a famous and wealthy person like Kobe Bryant dies leaving behind a wife and children, we are reminded of the essential need to prepare an estate plan to take care of our families long after death—regardless of your net worth. Certified Elder Law Attorney Rob Schweitzer explains in his most recent article.
States May Not Terminate Medicaid Benefits During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Access to affordable medical care is especially important during a health crisis. New federal law prevents states that have accepted increased Medicaid funding from terminating Medicaid benefits during the coronavirus health emergency.

What's In The News

Seniors Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Have More Time to Apply for Medicare or Change Plans
The closure of Social Security offices has affected unemployed seniors who need to apply for Medicare after losing their employer health coverage. These seniors now have more time to enroll in Medicare or change plans.
What Taxes Are Due When the Beneficiary of a Special Needs Trust Dies?

Trusts are important vehicles in special needs planning. What happens, though, when the primary beneficiary of a special needs trust dies and there are assets left in the trust? How are taxes calculated and paid?

Some Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities Are Snatching Residents’ Pandemic Relief Checks, FTC Warns
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning residents of long-term care facilities and their families that some facilities may unlawfully require residents who are on Medicaid to sign over their $1,200 pandemic relief checks.

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