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Qualifying for Medicaid under MassHealth | 3 Main Reasons for a Medicaid Denial

Questions about Medicaid and MassHealth are usually related to concerns about the ownership and transfer of assets for elderly individuals seeking admission to a long term care facility. Our clients are often uncertain on what types of transfers are ok versus which ones are not. Similarly, they do...

MassHealth Long Term Care Eligibility | Activities of Daily Living

In addition to the complicated financial requirements for becoming eligible for MassHealth long term care benefits, an applicant must also qualify physically . This of course makes perfect sense. If the government provides a service as costly as long term care to individuals for free, then there must...

How to Avoid Massachusetts Estate Taxes

As we described in an earlier article , calculating the Massachusetts Estate tax (imposed on estates over about $1 million) is not an easy task. So it should be no wonder that families find it difficult to form an estate plan that incorporates a Massachusetts estate tax strategy. Actually avoiding such...

Paying for Nursing Home Care with Medicare or Medicaid | How MassHealth Works

After visiting the hospital from a sudden fall, or some other unexpected medical event, an older or elderly patient almost always requires some extended time for recovery. But a hospital bed isn't really the appropriate place for such a long recovery, since hospitals are intended mainly to care for...

The New Massachusetts Pet Trust | Ensuring Your Animals are Cared for Part 1

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been very busy over the past few years overhauling much of its probate code to reflect modern family circumstances. With respect to traditional estate planning, for example, the code changes Massachusetts estate distribution to ensure that all children in mixed marriage...