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The truth about how to protect assets in a second marriage.

How to Protect Assets in a Second Marriage (The Right Way)

By Andre O. McDonald |

When people marry for the second time (or more), losing assets to pay for their new spouse’s serious illness is probably the last thing on their minds when they say “I do.” But that could happen. Current costs for long-term care facilities can run between $70,000 – $150,000 annually. Studies show that 70% of… Read More »

The truth about the Medicaid penalty for gifts

How to Avoid the Medicaid Penalty for Gifts

By Andre O. McDonald |

Michelle’s children were concerned that Michelle would need long-term nursing-home care in the near future. It was the holidays, and Michelle always got a lot of joy out of generosity. But her children also worried that her generosity could hurt her in the long run, because they had heard that people in Michelle’s circumstances… Read More »

Challenges for the Sandwich Generation

The Stress of Caregiving for the Sandwich Generation

By Andre O. McDonald |

Dorothy Miller, a social worker, first created the term “sandwich generation” in 1981. A Journalist, Carol Abaya, continued to study and add to what the term means. In 2006, Miriam Webster included the term, sandwich generation, in the dictionary for the first time. The sandwich generation is defined as a generation of people who… Read More »

Liability planning tips that every physician should know

3 Liability Planning Tips Every Physician Should Know

By Andre O. McDonald |

You probably know that the practice of medicine is a profession fraught with the risk of liability.  It’s not just medical malpractice claims either (although those are certainly scary enough). It’s the entire scope of risk from being in business, including employment-related issues, careless business partners and employees, and contractual obligations, as well as… Read More »

Don't make these 3 costly mistakes when planning for your disabled family member

3 Common Mistakes When Planning for a Disabled Family Member

By Andre O. McDonald |

There are 58 million Americans five years of age or older that are identified as special needs, making them the largest single minority in this country. The majority of federal and state benefits available to help persons with disabilities are needs-based, meaning income and assets are strictly limited and can often by misinterpreted, resulting in costly… Read More »

Why Veterans Need a Professional Advocate On Their Side

3 Reasons Veterans Should Have a Professional Advocate

By Andre O. McDonald |

The number of stories of veterans’ benefits getting tied up in the system is not only sad, but startling. A quick internet search can lead to story after story of veterans who have struggled to receive the benefits that are owed to them. Robert DiCicco, a former United States Marine, spent his final years… Read More »

What's the difference between dying intestate vs. with a will or trust?

Wills, Trusts & Dying Intestate: What’s the Difference?

By Andre O. McDonald |

“Estate planning is for the rich! I don’t have enough assets to do an estate plan!” Sounds familiar? These are some of the excuses folks make in order to justify not creating an estate plan. While most people understand that having some sort of an estate plan is a good thing, many of us… Read More »

Tips for balancing caregiving with work responsibilities

How to Balance Caregiving with Your Work and Career

By Andre O. McDonald |

Providing care for a senior family member, particularly long-term care, can bring about lost wages and missed opportunities for the caregiver. A report by Genworth entitled Beyond Dollars 2018 shows that although statistically having to miss work to provide care is down 7% from 2015, overall 70% of caregivers still report missing work because of caregiving… Read More »

Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Institutes New Eligibility Rules for VA Pension Plan

New Eligibility Rules for VA Pension

By Andre O. McDonald |

On October 18, 2018, new rules regarding eligibility for VA pension were implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The new rules are quite comprehensive; however, they also provide more opportunities for veteran and surviving spouses to qualify for these important benefits. 3 Major Changes to Eligibility Rules for VA Pension 1. Lookback… Read More »

Here are 4 end-of-life documents you may need to ensure your wishes are carried out

4 End-of-Life Documents You May Need

By Andre O. McDonald |

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated. The frightening truth is that mistakes regarding your end-of-life… Read More »

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