No Magic Carpet Ride for “Medicaid” Trusts

The road to eligibility for long-term care Medicaid benefits can be long and winding, so it can be tempting to board a magic carpet ride and try a so-called “Medicaid” trust, more descriptively referred to as an irrevocable income-only trust.  The theory behind such a trust is that assets owned by...

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New Numbers for 2019

Estate/transfer tax

Vermont estate tax exclusion:

$2,750,000

Federal estate tax threshold:

$11,400,000

Federal gift tax exclusion (annual):

$15,000

Vermont Medicaid

Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $126,420

Minimum Maintenance Needs Allowance (spousal allocation): $2,114

Home Equity Limit (singles): $585,000

 


Tip Corner

Freezing Credit: A new federal law effective 9/21/18 permits consumers to freeze their credit, free of charge.  For more information, visit:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/06/free-credit-freezes-are-coming-soon-0

Estate Planning: Taxation of Life Insurance

Life insurance plays a vital role in many estate plans.  Proceeds can provide essential funds to replace lost earnings, pay debts, finance college tuition expenses, or even cover estate tax liabilities.  However, there is confusion about the taxation of these life insurance proceeds.  Contrary to common belief, insurance benefits are taxable...

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Elder Law: Legal Capacity ≠ Memory

Can you remember what you had for breakfast yesterday morning? Or what you wore last Friday?  Details involving routine tasks elude many of us, but does that define our legal capacity?  While that may provide clues, it is not an absolute ingredient in the test for legal capacity.  In fact, there...

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Elder Law: What Do You Know About Hospice

According to national hospice utilization data, Vermonters appear to avail themselves of hospice services at a lower rate than residents of other states.  While there are likely many reasons, education should not be one.

Hospice is an end-of life care model of coordinated services and support for patients and...

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The Paperwork of Caregiving

This is a great article that Stephanie Choate wrote and it was published in the Vermont Maturity Magazine.  One of our partners, Glenn A. Jarrett, Esq. was quoted in the article.

The article is about Advance Health Care Directives and how important it is to have the discussions before it becomes too late to express...

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Estate Planning: Superpowers in Your POA

With Spider-Man and Wonder Woman demonstrating their superpowers in the summer box office, it seems like an appropriate time to review some “super” powers that should be found in a comprehensive Durable Power of Attorney.  (Yes, it’s ok to laugh, or groan at that segue, as you prefer.) Here are a few:

Power to gift...
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Scam Alerts

Sometimes we find a great tip and like to share.  Here is our newest tip: Scam Alerts from the State

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