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Sunday, 02 December 2012 21:40
When it was first created in 1965, Medicaid would only pay for nursing home care for recipients over the age of 65. But allowances were made in the legislation for exceptions or "waivers" to the nursing home coverage. In recent years, many states have applied for waivers to allow their state programs to pay for care in assisted living or at home. These waiver slots are typically administered by the local area agencies on aging. As a rule, the vast majority of elderly Medicaid recipients are...

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Sunday, 02 December 2012 17:40
For many seniors the equity in their home is their largest single asset, yet it is unavailable to use unless they use a conventional home-equity loan. But a conventional loan really doesn't free up the equity because the money has to be paid back with interest.

A reverse mortgage is a risk-free way of tapping into home equity without creating monthly payments and without requiring the money to be paid back during a person's lifetime. Instead of making payments the cash flow is reversed and...

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Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:40
Living trusts continue to enjoy unprecedented popularity for a variety of reasons, particularly probate avoidance and increased control during incapacity and death. Many people fail to appreciate, however, that for those with taxable estates (over $2,000,000 this year for Washington state, dropping to $1,000,000 in 2013 for the Federal Exemption) estate planning should not end with the garden variety living trust.

This article reviews advanced estate planning techniques which take you beyond...

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Friday, 30 November 2012 13:58
Services from care managers should be something that every family takes advantage of, but in reality very few families use them. Care managers could go a long ways towards helping the family find better and more efficient ways of providing care for a loved one.

The concept is simple. The family hires a professional adviser to act as a guide through the maze of long term care services and providers. The care manager has been there many times. The family is experiencing it usually for the...

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Friday, 30 November 2012 09:58
An annuity is a contract between you, the contract owner, and an insurance company for a fixed or increasing payment. The contract owner contributes funds to the annuity in exchange for an income stream for a specified number of years, for life, or for the joint lives of you and your spouse. Commencement of annuity payments (“annuitization”) can start immediately (“an immediate annuity”) or in the future (“a deferred annuity”).

The growth of the annuity value during the...

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