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    The Complete Guide to Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs: How to Keep Your Family Assets Protected - Up To Date Medicaid Secrets You Need to Know

    ISBN #: 9781601381534


    It is estimated that five out of ten people turning 67 will use a nursing home at some point in their lives - and many will need home care and other related services as well About two-thirds of people in nursing homes have no living relatives. And about 70 percent of all nursing home patients are women. Nursing home costs are estimated to be $75,000 in 2009, which would economically devastate most families. The federal government will not be helping either, unless you are without any assets, Medicare will cover you for a maximum of 100 days, but there are no social security benefits to cover any of these expenses. The only program that can assist you is Medicaid, but the catch is you must qualify. You can protect yourself from Medicaid nursing home costs by taking action now while you still have your health; the key is in the planning, which this new, groundbreaking book will assist you with. On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed a law called the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. This law makes sweeping changes to the ability of seniors to transfer (gift) assets to their children and grandchildren. The information you use must be up to date.

    You will learn all the LEGAL means to protect your assets: The Federal Spousal Impoverishment Act, Medicaid trusts, including what they are and how to use them, and Medicare supplemental insurance. You also will become knowledgeable about asset protection strategies, annuities, long-term care insurance, wills, assets, settlement costs, executors and trustees, life insurance, living trusts, living wills, durable power of attorney, catastrophic illness, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, federal and state exemptions, irrevocable life insurance trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, charitable remainder trusts, 529 plans, health care proxies, power of attorney, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax deferred accounts. In addition, you will learn how to legally and properly transfer assets and how to exempt the value of your principal residence.

    Through proper planning, much of your assets can be preserved within the family. This new book will guide you through the complex state and federal rules that are required for successful asset and income protection planning. Many books on asset protection indicate that you do not need the services of an attorney, but we highly recommend that you hire an attorney who is well-versed in this area to assist you. What this book will do is explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of asset protection to the layperson so that when you meet with a qualified attorney you will be well prepared, versed in the language, and ready to discuss issues and strategies, saving time, legal fees, and ensuring peace of mind. Get started today with the help of this new book.


    The Social Security and Medicare Handbook: What You Need to Know Explained Simply

    ISBN #: 9781601381323


    The Social Security and Medicare Handbook includes the provisions of the Social Security Act, regulations issued under the Act, and recent case decisions (rulings). It is a readable, easy to understand resource for the extremely complex Social Security and Medicare programs and services.

    Here in this new, groundbreaking, and exhaustively researched book you will learn an overview of the Social Security and Medicare system, how Social Security benefits are currently computed, how to become insured,and how to file a claim. You also will learn about retirement and auxiliary benefits, survivor benefits, disability benefits and protection, evaluating disability, cash benefit rates, employees, employer responsibilities, special coverage provisions, state and local employment, earnings records and tax reports, the administrative review process, supplemental income, other benefit programs, hospital insurance (Part A), medical insurance (Part B), Medicare Advantage plans (Part C), prescription drug coverage (Part D), prescription programs, and special veteran benefits. This book will explain how current Social Security benefits are computed and provide insight into your Social Security benefits. 


The Complete Guide to Managing Your Parents' Finances When They Cannot: A Step-by-Step Plan to Protect their Assets, Limit Taxes, and Ensure their Wishes Are Fulfilled

ISBN #: 9781601383136


Every year, millions of Americans transfer their finances to their children or other family members because they reach a point at which they can no longer manage them alone. More than $95 million in 2006 alone was lost due to confusion in transferring these finances and the elderly are the ones who end up suffering. For those who are about to start managing the finances of their parents, it is important to know exactly how to protect their assets, manage their taxes, and live up to their wishes. This book has been written to do just that, providing a comprehensive walkthrough of what you can expect and how to successfully handle your parents' finances.

To start, you must learn the basics of managing money that is not your own. You will be provided with a step-by-step chapter on how to keep track of funds, maintain the same accounting methods your parents have used for decades, and keep everything organized and separate from your own. You will learn how to evaluate sources of income - including how to receive and manage Social Security, 401(k), and other retirement plans as payments are made. Additionally, you will learn how to balance their expenses, including a budgeting sheet to help you maintain the same level of expense they expect.

You will learn how to budget accordingly, depending on where your parents are living and what their medical expenses might be. A chapter on insurance and medical coverage is included to help you understand how much money you can expect to set aside for these expenses and how much should be covered by programs such as Medicaid. Learn how to maintain housing for your parents as well, whether they are in assisted living or staying with you. A guide on how to talk to your parents about fraud and keep them away from potentially dangerous opportunities will make it easier for you to keep a handle on their finances without taking away their freedom.

Dozens of men and women who have gone through this same situation, and also professional finance managers, have added their expertise to this book, providing firsthand accounts of how they were able to manage their own parents' accounts and what you can expect. You will learn the difference in tax laws for the retired and what you will be required and not required to pay as a result of their age. It can be daunting when you first take control of your parents' finances, but with this book in your hands, you should be able to quickly and efficiently take the reins and maintain the quality of life they have grown accustomed to.