Elder Care Workshop Series at Norwell Public Library

  Getting older? Taking care of someone who is? Come to this three-part series to learn some helpful tips from local Elder Services professionals. Wednesday, March 8: “Who Can Help Me?” Find out how to access elder services in your community. Presented by Susan Curtin, Director at Norwell Council on Aging.   “Elder Law 101” Get to know the basics...
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Gifts and the Five-Year Lookback

I often hear from clients that they “have made gifts in the last five years – but it’s ok, they were all less than $14,000 so they won’t count under the five-year lookback – right?” Unfortunately, that’s simply not the case. While it IS true that you can give up to $14,000 per year (as...
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Caregiver Contracts – Tax Benefits

If you would like to care for your parents full-time, or close to it, and your parents want to pay you for this, then there are some tax issues that you need to be aware of. Most importantly, if you are providing hands-on care, making meals, doing the shopping, taking your parents to doctors’ appointments,...
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Testifying at the State House

Last week, I headed to the State House to once again testify on bills that could plug some holes in the MassHealth nursing home payment system and make things a bit easier for families caring for frail elders. The shorthand for this bill is the "transfer of assets" bill. It comes down to...
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