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How to Administer an Estate: A Guide for the Personal Representative

A personal representative (aka executor) administers the estate of a deceased person. This blog serves as a general guide when probate is needed, but some circumstances will require additional steps. We encourage you to reach out to an attorney for a… Read More
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What is Elder Law?

Elder law is more about the clients we serve than the type of legal services we provide. It’s not just wills and trusts, and it isn’t just for folks we would traditionally consider “elderly.” Our planning solutions apply long before most peop… Read More
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My spouse is in a nursing home, should we get a divorce?

Your spouse is going to need long-term care or is already in a nursing home and you have heard that the State will take all your money. Is getting a divorce to qualify for MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program) a good idea? We get this question more… Read More
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Retaining SSI and Medicaid While Working

Retaining SSI and Medicaid While Working Employment is about more than making a living. Working and earning a wage promotes dignity, self-worth, and independence and provides community. Fortunately, a person with disabilities can participate in the w… Read More
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The Community Spouse Resource Allowance

Many individuals rely on MaineCare (Maine Medicaid) benefits to help pay for expensive long-term care services. The MaineCare rules and asset limits are confusing, hard to find, and difficult to navigate. In addition, the available strategies for leg… Read More
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Litigators, Do No Harm: Eight-Point Checklist for Minimizing Loss of Public Benefits for Plaintiffs Receiving a Settlement or a Judgment

You worked hard to achieve a good result for your client. Your client is now due – or already may have received – a settlement or a judgment to compensate them for some harm or loss. But will that recovery threaten your client’s eligibility for… Read More
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Highlights and Updates in Special Needs Planning

Planning for individuals with disabilities is typically referred to as “special needs planning.” Stetson University College of Law presented its 23rd annual National Conference on Special Needs Planning and Special Needs Trust in mid-October. Thi… Read More
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Protecting the House

How do I protect my home from the State? When applying for the Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) benefit that pays for long-term care services, the applicant’s primary residence does not count towards the $10,000 asset limit in most circumstances. This me… Read More
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The Family Camp

As summer kicks into high gear, many Mainers are spending more time at the family camp. Whether you call it a camp, cottage, or cabin, the place where your family comes together is special, and you might be thinking about what will happen to it in th… Read More
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FIFTEEN MYTHS REGARDING MEDICAID NURSING HOME BENEFITS IN MAINE

No one chooses to live in a nursing home, but some older Mainers eventually need care in a nursing home setting. For many, this means not only the loss of personal autonomy but also the depletion of assets to pay for the needed care. The median annua… Read More
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