How the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan Act’ Will Help Seniors

Q, I know that Congress and President Biden recently approved a new law that adds significant money into improving vaccinations and other COVID-19 outreach, but I wonder what other provisions are in the new law that might help seniors. A. Good question. The AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 (“ARPA”), R. 1319, was narrowly passed… Read More »

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2021

To Our Clients and Friends: Below are updated numbers for 2021 that are frequently used in our Elder Law practice and which may be of interest to clients: Medi-Cal Spousal Impoverishment Numbers for 2021 The new Community Spouse Resource Allowance (“CSRA”) is $130,380. The Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (“MMMNA”) for the “At- Home” Spouse… Read More »

Moving & Over Age 55 or Disabled? You May Be Able to Transfer Your Low Property Tax Rate

Q. My wife and I are considering selling our home and purchasing a replacement home in California to be closer to our children? I hear there may be some way to transfer our very low property tax to our replacement home. Do you know anything about this? A. Yes. If at least one of you… Read More »

New Tool To Protect Seniors From Financial Scams:  The ‘Trusted Contact Person’

Q.  My 91year old father has a substantial brokerage account and likes to manage it himself. Yet I worry that he could easily fall victim to financial scams. Is there anything I can do to protect him? A. Yes, there may be. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), which regulates firms and professionals selling securities… Read More »

How to Reduce Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes

Q.  My wife and I are being charged extra for Medicare Part B and prescription drug coverage premiums, apparently based upon our higher income in years past. Beginning last year, our income dropped significantly. Is there way to get the surcharges removed? A.  Yes, if you can link the reduction in income to a “life… Read More »