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Vacation Area Homes: Tax and Management Issues

By: Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA CASE STUDY 1: VACATION HOME—NO ESTATE PLAN Harry and Sally own a vacation home on a barrier island. They purchased the home many years ago for $50,000, and it is now worth $1 million. Harry and Sally have two children and five grandchildren. The children visit the vacation…

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ABLE ACCOUNTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Congress enacted and the President has signed legislation known as the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.387 The Act is modeled on 529 Plans and will provide tax-favored accounts for individuals with disabilities to pay for qualified expenses. Before these accounts can be implemented, two…

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Financing Long-Term Care In New Jersey 2018

Statistics show that approximately 70% of the population age 65 or over will require some form of long-term care. Some will be there for relatively short periods of time. These are usually stroke or accident victims or surgery patients who are doing rehabilitation. A significant percentage will remain in a nursing home for an extended…

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USING SELF-SETTLED SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS TO PROTECT PUBLIC BENEFITS

Many public benefits available to persons with disabilities, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, place limits on income and certain types of assets. Exceeding such limits can lead individuals to lose some or all of their benefits. Individuals receiving SSI are limited to $2,000 of assets. For many individuals, their Medicaid is linked…

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