Life Becomes More Complicated, a column authored by Attorney Mikael Hooker, is a wealth of information. He covers everything from living wills to nursing home costs. We are happy to provide copies of his articles here.

 

A well-crafted estate plan considers the possibility that you or your spouse may not simply die, but might become incapacitated late in life and need long term care. Who would pay for such care? The federal government under Medicare? Generally not. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Medicaid/Masshealth?

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If you have read my prior columns you know that there are three essential documents a person for the bare minimum estate plan: a will, a power of attorney and a health care proxy.

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It is impossible for me to advise you in one pithy legal column on all the legal and financial issues you should worry about. I will try, however, having reviewed several years’ worth of past columns of mine.

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Newspaper legal notices often reflect elders deeding their real estate to their children for a dollar. What you don’t see in the notice is that the elder generally retains a life estate. I never recommend that a client transfer 100% ownership. Why not?

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