Elder Law

What is a MOLST Form?

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / June 19, 2021 / 0 Comments

In addition to traditional healthcare advance directives, such as a Healthcare Proxy and Living Will, the MOLST form is another directive one can execute to ensure their end-of-life wishes are followed. MOLST stands for “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.” It was originally tested in Onondaga and Monroe Counties in May 2006.  In July 2008, after […]

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Protected from Bankruptcy

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / June 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

In June 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously found that IRAs that are inherited, are not protected from creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding because they are not considered “retirement funds” as interpreted by the Bankruptcy Code. In the case, CLARK V. RAMEKER, an individual inherited an IRA from her mother and later filed for […]

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Reverse Mortgage Trusts

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / May 7, 2021 / 0 Comments

Question: My mother owns her home and is considering putting it into an irrevocable trust. She is concerned that if in the future she wanted to take a Reverse Mortgage on the property, she would not be able because the house is owned by a trust, is that correct? Answer:  The mere fact that a […]

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IRA Beneficiary Designations

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / February 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

Question:  I have recently rolled over my employer sponsored 401(k) plan into an existing IRA. I am not sure if I need to update the beneficiary designation forms on file; can you give me some advice? Answer: Some of the most costly estate planning mistakes I see involve retirement accounts. The mistakes are usually made […]

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Failure to Maximize an IRA

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / January 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

Question: My mother applied for Chronic Care Medicaid to cover her stay in a nursing home facility. At the time of her application she had an individual retirement account (IRA) in the amount of $11,000.00 and $2,000.00 in her bank account. I was informed that the resource allowance for Medicaid is $15,900.00 (2021). However, my […]

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Trusts for Mommy and Me

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / December 3, 2020 / 0 Comments

Question:  My mother has a trust that protects her house in case she needs long term care in a nursing home.  Is this legal?  Also, when she dies the trust is paid to another trust for me.  Do I need this?  I am only 53 and my mother is 75.  Answer: I assume what you […]

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Agent Responsibilities under a Power of Attorney

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / November 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

Question: I was named as an agent on my mother’s Durable Power of Attorney which included a “statutory gifts rider.” What is this document and what responsibilities will I have? Answer: A Durable Power of Attorney is a document in which a principal, in this case your mother, can designate an agent to act on […]

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Protecting Assets in the Context of a Guardianship Proceeding

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / November 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

While the best elder law and estate plan is to have a valid health care proxy naming agents and a valid durable power of attorney naming an agent to make financial decisions, not everyone has done the proper planning.  It is not uncommon for an elderly person to fall ill, be hospitalized and then need […]

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Medicare Does Not Pay for Long-Term Care at Home

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / October 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

A common question we get is, does Medicare pay for a nursing home? The Medicare program is administered jointly by the state and federal government.  Medicare is available to adults 65 years of age and older, or to anyone under the age of 65 who is entitled to Social Security Disability. Medicare provides varying levels […]

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DNR vs. Health Care Proxy

By Burner Law Group, P.C. / October 19, 2020 / 0 Comments

Question: The last time I was in the hospital I signed a DNR.  Do I still need a health care proxy and living will? Answer: The short answer is yes.  A “DNR” is a do no resuscitate order. This is a document that a patient requests from a doctor.  The DNR states that a patient […]

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