Author Archives: Simmons Schiavo LLP

Estate Planning for Taxpayers Without Kids

If you’re single with no kids, or married without kids, you have some unique estate planning needs. You’ll require special strategies for health care, emergencies and division of your estate. Plan for extra care costs. Growing older without a built-in support team may mean you’ll have extra expenses for care. You may need to hire […]

Plan to Protect Kids with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs can be a rich experience. It’s also a costly one that comes with unique challenges for your financial future and estate plans. There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation, but here are some things to consider: Your future security: Protect your children by securing your own financial future. Start saving for […]

Increase in nursing home closures across U.S.

Choosing nursing home care can be a big, emotional decision. Long-term care is a sizable investment, and many people struggle with entrusting their loved one’s care to someone else. Now some families are dealing with an additional hurdle, as nursing home closures are forcing some seniors to relocate, widening the distance families must travel to […]

Maximizing Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Social Security survivor’s benefits provide a safety net to widows and widowers. But to get the most out of the benefit, you need to know the right time to claim. While you can claim survivor’s benefits as early as age 60, if you claim benefits before your full retirement age, your benefits will be permanently […]

Getting Paid as a Family Caregiver through Medicaid

Caring for an ailing family member is difficult work, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be unpaid work. There are programs available that allow Medicaid recipients to hire family members as caregivers. All 50 states have programs that provide pay to family caregivers. The programs vary by state, but are generally available to Medicaid recipients, […]