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Older Adults and Income Tax
Usually, people who retire earn less income and therefore owe less income tax. However, individuals with a generous retirement income may still owe significant taxes. If you are required to file an income tax return and fail to do so, the IRS may add penalty and interest charges on any tax you owe. Exemptions ... READ MORE

The IRA: A Useful Retirement Savings Tool
America is facing a “retirement savings crisis.” Among working-age Americans, 45 percent have saved no money at all for retirement. This includes nearly a third of those between the ages of 55 and 64. Among those with some savings, 75 percent have less than $30,000. One way to avert your own savings ... READ MORE

10 Things Funeral Directors Won't Mention
It's very difficult to lose a loved one. You're in a state of grief, and maybe a state of shock. The last thing you want to think about is planning the funeral. Funeral directors are used to help grieving families handle all the details of a funeral. They have many responsibilities in a short span of ... READ MORE

Are Senior Citizen Discounts Legal?
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21 as "National Senior Citizens Day." It's a day meant to honor and celebrate our senior citizens for the many contributions they made and continue to make to our society. For years before the proclamation all the way today, stores, restaurants, and ... READ MORE

Checklist: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Choices
Acting on the realization that your aging parent or loved one can't live alone anymore can be among the hardest life events you'll face. Finding and choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility means choosing a new lifestyle, and big decisions on finances and health. Keep the following factors ... READ MORE

Driver's Licenses and the Elderly
Few adults enjoy seeing the signs of aging. Our vision and hearing weakens and reflexes slow. Coping and correcting problems, by using glasses or contacts, can help. However, many drivers reach an age and condition where it isn't safe to keep driving. This age and stage is different for everyone. There's ... READ MORE

Elder Care: Nutrition and Feeding at Nursing Homes
In addition to receiving nutritious meals at nursing facilities, residents may be surprised to find that some of their favorite foods are served. Nursing facilities try to accommodate residents' food preferences and give feeding assistance to those residents who suffer from nutrition, dietary or eating ... READ MORE

Getting Credit After 62
Getting credit after you have retired from work may be more difficult than you expect even if you have an excellent credit score. The reason for this may be that your income is lower than it was when you were working or it may be that you do not have a sufficient credit history to get credit. You may ... READ MORE

Health Care Power of Attorney
A medical care power of attorney is a document that appoints someone else to make decisions regarding your medical care. Another name for this document is called durable power of attorney for health care. You should know the law regarding this document because of its importance. Reasons for a Medical ... READ MORE

Income Tax Counseling for the Elderly
Tax Counseling for the Elderly services provide free tax counseling and tax return preparation. ... READ MORE

 

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My Mother is aging and health is declining. I need some legal advice on few

Q: Currently I am the primary care person for my mother. She started to decline last year after she had congestive heart failure. She is at home and my brothers and I cover time in-between. There are ... Read more

Is there a POA that will not allow real transfers?

Q:  My older sister wants to be POA over my father to handle his finances, bank accounts, insurance, etc. But, my father doesn’t want to give her authority to sell/transfer/liquidate his re ... Read more

What kind of lawyer do I hire for an emergency guardianship?

Q: My sister who has been POA since 2015 has set in place a Personal Care Contract as she is the primary care giver to deplete my father’s assets to seek Medicaid in the future. He has a house b ... Read more

Can you explain on how you can make exempt gifts to relatives for Medicaid

Q: How can my friend gift away money to his nieces and nephews and avoid a penalty from Medicaid? (Pittsburgh, PA) A: No one can answer this question without knowing all the facts surrounding the pote ... Read more

Can you explain on how you can make exempt gifts to relatives for Medicaid

Q: How can my friend gift away money to his nieces and nephews and avoid a penalty from Medicaid? (Pittsburgh, PA) A: No one can answer this question without knowing all the facts surrounding the pote ... Read more

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