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Elder Law and Special Needs News

February 2022

Confessions of a CELA: Uncomfortable but Necessary Considerations During the Estate Planning Process
Certified Elder Law Attorney Matt Kikta discusses the often unconsidered areas that clients must confront when creating their estate plan
Worsening Nursing Home Staffing Crisis Taking a Devastating Toll on Residents, Their Families and Hospitals
Overwhelmed by the stress of long hours, low pay and exposure to the COVID-19 virus, nursing home workers are quitting in record numbers. The labor hemorrhage has turned what was already a chronic staffing problem into a full-blown crisis.

What's In The News

Divorce and the Child With Special Needs: Be Aware of Child Support Payments

While there is no such thing as a "typical" divorce, a divorcing couple that has a child with special needs faces even more complicated issues than most, such as the impact of child support payments on the child's eligibility for SSI.

What Happens to a Medicaid Recipient If the Community Spouse Dies First?
When one spouse is in a nursing home and applying for Medicaid, planning has to take into account the possibility that the spouse who is not in the nursing home (called the "community spouse") may pass away first.
When Can Someone Be Declared Legally Incompetent?
If a loved one is experiencing memory loss or suddenly making poor decisions, you may want the court to appoint a guardian, which requires a declaration of incompetence.

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