Posts tagged Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.

On September 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued Final Rule Number 8320-01, RIN 2900-AO73, which goes into effect on October 18, 2018.  This Rule establishes new requirements for evaluating net worth, medical expense deductions, and asset transfers,and drastically changes the planning opportunities available for veterans and their surviving spouses. 

Who is Eligible for a va pension? 

The VA pension is available to veterans or surviving spouses of limited income and resources.  The pension begins with a base rate and then increases depending on the number of dependents and whether the veteran or surviving spouse is housebound or in need of “aid and attendance” (i.e. assistance with at least two activities of daily living).  A single veteran can receive between $13,166 and $21,962.00 depending on his/her rating and will increase based on the number of dependents.  A surviving spouse without a dependent can expect to receive between $8,830.00 and $14,113.00. 

Adam Fried is participating on a panel on NPR's "Sound of Ideas" program, broadcast on April 16th on 90.3 WCPN FM in Cleveland. The topic is "National Healthcare Decisions Day." 

Lexis Nexis claims that 55% of American adults do not have a last will and testament or some kind of an estate plan. This means that more than half of American estates have their personal assets pass via intestacy - without a will and pursuant to the statutory scheme of the state where they live.