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We formerly posted a blog to note new developments in tax, estate and elder/health care planning. Rather than guess what would interest you, we have a better way.

We are charter members of a pre-eminent elder law reporting service known as Elder Law Answers. Monthly, they summarize topics and legal cases of distinction through out the United States. We will post these under "In lieu of Blog". McHugh & Macri can address any of the topics referenced in these articles and we encourage you to utilize this service.

May 2017

Adding to Uncertainty for Scam Targets, the IRS Now Allows Private Debt Collectors to Dun Taxpayers
Dispute Between Brothers Demonstrates Need to Plan for Long-Term Care
Short-Term Care Insurance: An Alternative to the Long-Term Care Variety
Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

April 2017

Aging Drivers and the Law
New Book Offers Guidance Through the Medicare Maze
Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status
Four Provisions People Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

March 2017

Things to Remember at Tax Time
Trump Delays Rule That Retirement Advisors Put Their Client's Interests Ahead of Their Own
Costs of Some New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Rise in Latest Survey
Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

February 2017

Preventing a Will Contest
New Medicare Rule Encourages Doctors to Test for Alzheimer's Disease and Offer Care Planning
Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan
How to Deduct Long-Term Care Premiums From Your Income

December 2016

IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2017
When Can You Delay Taking Medicare?
Part B Premium Will Rise Slightly for Most Medicare Beneficiaries in 2017
How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

November 2016

5 Things to Know to Reduce Your Tax on Capital Gains
It's Time to Reassess Your Medicare Choices
Typical Social Security Recipient Will Get $4 Benefit Increase in 2017
States Begin Offering State-Run Retirement Plans

August 2016

How To Vote While in a Nursing Home
What Is Undue Influence
Fighting Nursing Home Discrimination Against Medicaid Recipients
About to Turn 65? Your Health Insurer May Be Automatically Enrolling You in Its Own Medicare Plan

July 2016

What Is Required of an Executor?
Called for Jury Duty? You May Be Excused Based on Your Age
Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice
Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

May 2016

Four Steps to Take Right After an Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank
New Rules Provide Protections for Retirement Savings
Lack of a Will Could Mean Chaos for Prince's Estate

April 2016

10 Ways the Elderly Can Avoid Financial Abuse
Problems with Guardianship Abuse Leading to Calls for Reform
Hybrid Policies Allow You to Have Your Long-Term Care Insurance Cake and Eat It, Too
How Does the Medicaid Look-Back Period Work?

March 2016

Last Chance to Use File and Suspend Strategy for Claiming Social Security Benefits
Things to Remember at Tax Time
How Likely Are You to Need Long-Term Care?
Your Right to Refills If Medicare Drops Coverage of Your Drugs

February 2016

How Would the Presidential Candidates Change Social Security?
Medicare Now Covers Conversations About End-of-Life Care
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Buying an Annuity Doubler to Pay for Long-Term Care
Can Social Security Benefits Be Garnished to Pay Debts?

January 2016

How Your IRA Can Benefit Both Your Heirs and Charity
Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?
The Hardship Exception to the Medicaid Penalty Period: Rare But Possible
Robin Williams' Death Laid to Underdiagnosed Form of Dementia

December 2015

Medicare Announces Parts A and B Premiums and Deductibles for 2016
New Federal Budget Ends Two Spousal Social Security Claiming Strategies
How to Choose a Trustee
Activities of Daily Living Measure the Need for Long-Term Care Assistance

November 2015

New Rules Will Make It Harder to Qualify for Long-Term Care Help From the VA
Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?
What is Cost Basis and How Do You Prove It?
Medicare Open Enrollment Means It's Time to Shop Around

October 2015

Court Approves Use of Short-Term Annuities for Medicaid Planning
Incentives to Keep Working While You Collect Social Security
Woman's Efforts to Change Will Without Professional Assistance Backfire
Incentive Trusts: Ensuring Than an Inheritance Will Be Well Spent

How to Make Changes to Your Will
Can an IRA Affect Medicaid Eligibility?
How You Can Use Your Social Security Benefits as an Interest-Free Loan
The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees