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SNAP Benefits for Older Adults With Limited Income

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Increasing food prices have become a concern for many Americans. If you are a senior on a fixed income, you may worry that you will not have the money to fill your fridge. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) exists to help people make ends meet. It is a food stamp program that supplies enrollees with a monthly allotment that they can use for groceries.

IRA and 401k Beneficiary Designations for Married Couples

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Nov 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

I get a lot of questions about how to fill out beneficiary designation forms for IRAs, 401Ks, 403Bs and other similar tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts. My purpose in writing this particular post is to handle one and only one frequently asked question, which is how do joint revocable living trusts fit into the picture for a married couple?

What to Do If You Lose Your Medicaid Coverage

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, states could not take away Medicaid coverage from any residents enrolled in this program. In recent months, however, this has been changing. If you are on Medicaid, be sure to take some time to understand whether your coverage may be at risk.

How No Surprises Act May Help With Unexpected Medical Bills

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

The No Surprises Act is a federal law enacted to protect patients from unexpected medical bills incurred on or after January 1, 2022. It aims to address the issue of surprise medical billing, which can occur when patients receive unexpected charges for their medical care. The Act applies to out-of-network emergency services, out-of-network air ambulance services, and certain out-of-network care received at in-network facilities.

Is Your Financial Information in Order?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Preparing and organizing your financial information for when you are no longer capable will bring peace of mind to you today. At the same time, it may relieve your loved ones’ burden in the future. You’ll ensure proper management of your financial situation and remain in control over your end-of-life care and legacy. The goal is to make and maintain accurate financial records.

What to Know About Probate: Estate Planning Basics

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Most estate planning attorneys can help you craft an estate plan that minimizes or avoids probate altogether. Probate proceedings are part of the public record and can be very time-consuming and expensive. However, in nearly every case, to some extent probate is necessary. So, it’s important to understand how to navigate the process.

Is Organ Donation Opt In or Opt Out?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

Nearly every United States citizen is aware of the option to be (or not to be) an organ donor.  What most people do not realize is how the law in this area has evolved from “opt in” to essentially “opt out”.  There is an important distinction between the two. 

Ashes to Ashes, or Ashes to Soil? Is Human Composting Real?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

Outlining your wishes for burial and funeral arrangements can be something you include in your estate plan. And though it may sound jarring, human composting is in fact a death care alternative that is increasing in popularity. As more people look to adopt environmentally sustainable practices not only in life, but now also in death, this “green” alternative may become more of a norm in the future.

What Is a Gun Trust? Estate Planning Q&A

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

According to Pew Research, 30 percent of adults in the United States report owning a firearm. Gun sales have risen in recent years, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic. While many reported having weapons for protection and hunting, 6 percent owned guns that were family heirlooms.

Mitigating the Impacts: Sunsetting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and impacted personal income taxes, small businesses, estate tax rules, capital gains rules, special needs accounts, and much more. The TCJA is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2025. This will lead to significant changes for taxpayers. So, are there ways to avoid potential tax impacts to you or your loved ones?

Inherited Retirement Accounts: Minimizing Tax Consequences

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which went into effect in 2020, changed how beneficiaries of inherited retirement accounts must withdraw these funds. The Act’s "enhancement" was to make it more difficult for individuals to pass their retirement savings on to their heirs without tax liability.

What Is a Medicare Flex Card?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Sep 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive Medicare flex cards, pre-paid debit cards for qualifying expenses, as part of their benefits. The U.S. government does not issue Medicare flex cards. This benefit is only available on select Medicare Advantage plans, a private alternative to Medicare.

Innovative Long-Term Care Housing Solutions for Seniors

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Aug 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

America has three major housing issues for seniors: affordability, physical accessibility, and access to medical care and other services. There is a need for creative solutions to housing. Innovative long-term care housing for seniors tries to solve these problems. These new potential living arrangements for seniors may provide older people with the care, protection, and resources they need to age peacefully.

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