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Can You Disinherit Your Spouse?

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Can you disinherit your spouse? The answer depends on the state you live in but for residents of Pennsylvania, the answer is no. You can try… Although I led off saying you cannot disinherit your spouse, that answer is based on technicality. The reason is that you can try to disinherit your spouse by leaving […]

Medicare and Conversations about End of Life

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Medicare is proposing that it compensate physicians for discussions with patients about end of life medical care. Currently such “advance care planning” is covered only as part of the “Welcome to Medicare” introductory visit for new beneficiaries. Medicare is the federal program that insures 55 million older and disabled Americans. About 80% of people who […]

Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?

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The cost of long-term care in a skilled nursing facility continues to rise each year. A one year stay at a nursing home in Pennsylvania will cost, on average, $100,000.00. Understandably, many wonder how they could afford to pay for this care if they would require a nursing home stay. The first thought that some […]

Power of Attorney: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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Life is uncertain and dangerous. We are always at risk of becoming disabled due to accident, illness, or aging. Disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, is an individual’s physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of that individual. The incidence of disability increases with age especially […]

Employee Spotlight: Heather Kohler

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Heather Kohler joined Marshall, Parker & Weber in October 2011 as a Case Manager. She works with our Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning clients. Working with people, especially the elderly is where Heather has found her niche. As a Case Manager, Heather works with our lawyers in helping our clients create the best […]

Hospital Patients to Receive Notice of Observation Status

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  A new federal law will require hospitals to notify patients of their status as outpatients. H.R. 876 Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act was signed into law by President Obama on August 6, 2015. Outpatient status limits the patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for care in a skilled nursing facility after discharge […]