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May is National Elder Law Month

Since May is National Elder Law Month, it's the perfect time to offer some great information on what exactly Elder Law attorneys do and how it impacts you and those you love.

Elder law and special needs planning is a holistic, multidisciplinary practice that concentrates on representation, legal counseling, and assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long-term care issues, with an emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individual. The person-centered approach considers legal, medical, financial, social, and family issues.

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 -- take time to make your decisions matter!

Grunden Law Office, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Grunden Law Office is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Indiana state laws.

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Winter storm extension: Many businesses have extra time to request a 6-month extension

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today granted many businesses affected by severe winter storms additional time to request a six-month extension to file their 2017 federal income tax returns.

The IRS is providing this relief to victims and tax professionals affected by last week’s storm--known as Winter Storm Quinn—and this week’s storm –known as Winter Storm Skylar--that primarily hit portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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Have You Considered the Importance of Medicaid Planning?

Did you know that one in four individuals will eventually require nursing home care? With the average cost for nursing home care at approximately $7,500 it poses a significant financial dilemma in the later years of many Americans. Some are able to afford the expense or obtain access to long-term care insurance. Others who aren’t in a position to manage the expense depend on Medicaid planning to gain access to nursing home care while protecting their assets.

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Assisted living certifications put on hold after FSSA announcement

Assisted living facilities have been growing in popularity in our region, however, an announcement by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) may put the brakes on future facilities. 

The FSSA announced a "moratorium" on certifying new assisted living facilities as well as adult day services and adult family care providers. The halt went into effect Jan. 19 and was announced by the Indiana Division of Aging on Jan. 22.

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Don’t Lose Out On Benefits Because Of These Medicaid Myths!

Families sometimes have many questions and concerns about the long-term care of a loved one. A nursing-home stay or the need for involved care can leave family members wondering what options are out there for them. 

With a solid Medicaid plan in place, qualification for benefits is easy and you’ll no longer have to worry about becoming a burden to loved ones or running out of money to pay for your continued care. You will also enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your assets and income streams will stay preserved for a healthy spouse or a child with special needs still living at home. 

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Plan Today For a Worry-Free Tomorrow

For families of all financial backgrounds, the prospect of long-term care can be frightening. With nursing home costs averaging $8,000- $10,000 per month in Indiana, it’s not uncommon for families to blow through their entire life savings during the first 1-3 years of care.  Fortunately, there’s a better way to pay for the help you need.

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5 Easy Tips to Simplify Year End Giving

Are you planning on making charitable donations before the end of the year? The IRS reminds us that you must itemize deductions on your tax return to claim a deduction for these gifts. In addition, the following five tips can help make those year-end charitable gifts count.

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