Author Archives: John

“I Love the 70’s . . .”

“I Love the 70’s . . .”  Or so the slogan of the VH1 TV series goes.  That show has a number of celebrities reminiscing and poking fun at all kinds of things that came out of the 1970’s.  Things such as bell bottoms, disco, mood rings, the Brady Bunch, Watergate, exploding Ford Pinto’s andContinue Reading

Dude, Where’s my Estate Plan?

Do you have an estate plan?  Statistics show that many people do not have any basic estate planning documents.  A recent survey found that only 14% of adults aged 18-29 have an estate plan, 35% of 30-49 year olds have one, 56% of those aged 50-64 and 68% for those over 65. Clearly the issue ofContinue Reading

Seniors Flunk a New Retirement Quiz

Most seniors who took a retirement quiz did not score high. Not long ago I wrote on a Wall Street Journal debate where one side said there is no retirement crisis and the other said there was.  My point was that neither party addressed the potential need for long-term care and increasing medical expenses.  HadContinue Reading

Elder Law Planning:  Definitely Worth Pursuing

Many people have the false impression that Elder Law planning is not worth finding out about because they think they are not eligible for Medicaid.  They feel they have too much income, money or other assets to qualify, or believe that some specialized trust strategies used for asset protection are only for rich people. WithContinue Reading

Hospitals Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status.  The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect. Signed by President Obama in August 2015, the law was intended to prevent surprises after a Medicare beneficiary spends days in aContinue Reading