Category: Wills, Estate Planning and Trusts

5 WAYS TO AVOID INHERITANCE CONFLICT

It is no secret that inheritance can cause family conflict. It is all too common for family members to disagree over how to care for an ill or elderly loved one, or who should receive what when that person ultimately passes on.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take today to minimize conflict for your …

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Increased Privacy Protections Proposed for the Probate Courts

Are you aware of your probate court privacy protections? Would you expect that the inventory of a loved one’s estate would be viewable by anyone in the public? If someone was seeking to become your guardian or conservator, would you think that documents with your medical conditions and prognosis or with your assets would be …

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Changes to the Federal Nursing Home Requirements

In order for skilled nursing home facilities to receive payment under the Medicare or Medicaid programs, the facility must meet certain federal requirements. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently released a final rule revising these requirements. This is the first comprehensive update to long-term care facility requirements since 1991. CMS released …

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Updates to the MaineCare Eligibility Rules Regarding Real Estate

The MaineCare program, administered by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, provides important medical and long-term care benefits to many Mainers. There are a variety of MaineCare benefits, based on the type of services and the basis for qualifying for benefits. DHHS encapsulates the rules for these subsets of the MaineCare program within the …

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