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Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Continues to Recognize National Special Needs Law Month – Part 2

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

Our Elder Law Team continues their recognition of October as National Special Needs Law Month, with Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel’s second part of this two part series addressing what special needs planning entails. Previously, Jessica focused on the legal planning for an individual with special needs.  In today’s post, she talks about the legal planning […]

Social Security Administration Releases Key Figures for 2021

Posted on October 19, 2020 by , and

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently released key figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits, including social security retirement benefits, social security disability insurance (“SSDI”) income, and supplemental security income (“SSI”).  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. Social Security Retirement Recipients of […]

Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Recognizes National Special Needs Law Month – Part 1

Posted on October 12, 2020 by

In recognition of October as National Special Needs Law Month, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel presents this two part series addressing what special needs planning really is. Today, in Part One, Jessica focuses on the legal planning for an individual with special needs.  Stay tuned for Part Two which will focus on legal planning steps […]

Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Recognizes World Alzheimer’s Day

Posted on September 21, 2020 by

In recognition of today, September 21, 2020, being World Alzheimer’s Day and September being World Alzheimer’s Month, Elder Law Attorney Jessica Merkel addresses the importance of Alzheimer’s awareness in elder law in a special post.

Medicaid Minute: Joint Accounts – Half Mine & Half Yours?

Posted on September 16, 2020 by

My name is Attorney Jessica Merkel and this is Ruder Ware’s Medicaid Minute.  This week, we’re here to talk about joint accounts in relation to Wisconsin’s Medicaid rules.  A client was telling me about how she’s been a joint owner on her mom’s bank accounts for about the past eight years.  Her mom was recently […]

Medicaid Minute: Wisconsin’s Medicaid Rules Regarding Vehicles

Posted on August 31, 2020 by

My name is Attorney Jessica Merkel and this is Ruder Ware’s Medicaid Minute.  This week we’re talking about Wisconsin Medicaid rules related to vehicles.  My client’s father was going to be going into the nursing home and wanted to apply for Medicaid.  They’d heard that there were things called exempt and non-exempt assets and they […]

Medicaid Minute: Can I Pay My Daughter?

Posted on August 18, 2020 by

My name is attorney Jessica Merkel and this is Ruder Ware’s Medicaid Minute. This week, we’re here to talk about paying relatives for their services in relation to Wisconsin’s Medicaid rules. For instance, some of my clients will ask me if they can pay their daughter for providing care to them. Others will ask about […]

Wisconsin Medicaid Divisor Staying Put. For Now.

Posted on July 28, 2020 by , and

Every year before July 1st, Wisconsin publishes an updated Medicaid divisor to be in effect starting on July 1st of that year until June 30th of the next year.  This year, Wisconsin has not yet updated its Medicaid divisor due to COVID-19 pandemic.  At this point in time, there is no official guidance as to […]

My Spouse is in a Nursing Home and Receiving Medicaid Benefits, Is There Anything Else I Need To Do?

Posted on July 22, 2020 by , and

Donna’s husband Phil is in a nursing home and receives Medicaid benefits to pay for his care (a.k.a. Medical Assistance or Title-19).  Donna wants to make sure Phil’s Medicaid remains in place and is protected, so she wants to know “Is there anything else I need to do?” As the spouse who is not receiving […]

Don’t Let the Fear of Losing Your Home to Medicaid Contribute to Elder Abuse

Posted on July 1, 2020 by , and

As we reflect on the close of World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we wanted to share some information on this important issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines elder abuse as an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that […]