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Why Advanced Health Care Directives are Crucial

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Jul 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Advanced Health Care Directives (commonly called "living wills") lay out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment. The document includes a "health-care proxy" or "agent under power of attorney for health-care," which allows someone to make treatment decisions for you if you are incapacitated.

The Smart Personal Assistant’s Rapid Rise

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Jun 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

The smart personal assistant (AKA, smart speaker) revolution is moving forward at a breakneck pace. It took approximately 30 years for the cellular telephone to begin outnumbering people on the planet, but smart personal assistants are projected to outnumber humans in half of that amount of time by 2021.

How Seniors Are Impacted by Coronavirus

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are living in confusing and scary times. The senior population has been identified as the most at-risk demographic for COVID-19. Information coming out about COVID-19 is very fluid, which can also contribute to overall stress. Thankfully there are ways to try and manage stress and stay as healthy as possible during this time thanks to advice from several federal agencies monitoring the situation and the impact of COVID-19 on the senior population.

How to Avoid Loneliness While Social Distancing

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

The medically recommended protocols for social distancing and government mandates that restrict large gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus are minimizing our abilities to interact with each other. Following these tips can help you and your loved ones stay socially connected even while social distancing.

Voice-First Technology Rising in Popularity During Pandemic

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | May 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

The use of voice-first technology is rising as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across America and disrupt day-to-day lives. Those who are age 65 or higher experience a higher virus fatality rate, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend that older adults stay at home as much as possible, especially those with underlying health conditions.

The Rise of Telehealth Amid COVID-19

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Through the use of videoconferencing over wireless devices and remote health monitoring, telehealth can connect patients to vital health care services. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), fully 76 percent of US hospitals are using some form of telehealth for their patient groups.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Apr 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Although the Winthrop office of Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, PA, is temporarily closed to the public during the “stay at home” period currently in effect at least through April 30, Mr. Eccher, Ms. Breerwood, and Mr. Hasenfus are still advising clients. “Legal services” have been deemed by the Governor to be an “essential business.”

An Inheritance Could Threaten Your Medicaid Eligibility

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Say your spouse is living in a nursing home and currently receiving Medicaid benefits to pay for the high cost of that care. If you were to pass before your spouse, you wouldn’t want your spouse to inherit all your life savings. Inheriting all of your life savings would jeopardize your spouse’s Medicaid benefits, and that is not what you want to see happen.

The Biggest Question in Medicaid Planning

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

People work hard all their lives to own a home, and it is often their most valuable and significant possession. So when health begins to fail and the need for long-term care arises, we often get this fear-filled question from our clients: will the state take away my home?

What the 2020s Hold for Baby Boomers

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The baby boom generation is comprised of those Americans born 1946-1964, and according to the US Census Bureau (Bureau of Census), their numbers are estimated to be 73 million strong. Their estate planning should take into account their unique circumstances.

What to Consider About Gift Taxes

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Feb 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The gift tax is a tax on the transfer of assets, cash or property, to another without receiving something of equal value. The asset has to be of a certain value for the tax to apply; otherwise, it falls under the gift tax exclusion, either annual or lifetime. If the gift is above a certain value, you will have to fix out a tax form, but you may still be able to avoid the tax.

Risks of Gift-Giving While on Medicaid

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher Esq. | Jan 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Mabel's children were concerned that Mabel would need long-term nursing-home care in the near future. It was the holidays, and Mabel always got a lot of joy out of giving gifts. But her children had heard that people in Mabel's circumstances should not give gifts. The concern is real.

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