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MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that beginning in 2019, Medicare Advantage plans will cover supplemental non-skilled home benefits that include daily maintenance. This is the first time that CMA has allowed a service that covers daily maintenance to be eligible

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SENIOR TAX RELIEF PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION

SENIOR TAX RELIEF PROGRAM 2018 By: Joan Reed Wilson, Attorney at Law The State of Connecticut Homeowner’s Tax Relief Program provides real estate tax relief for seniors and disabled homeowners who qualify. Qualification depends on the homeowner’s age and gross income. If you or someone you know is

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Am I the Only Lawyer Without a Will?

It is about that time of year that most of our New Year Resolutions have gone by the wayside. I am not big on resolutions, but admit to having a few. Some were business oriented, including a promise to myself to update our law firm blog more

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Proposed Changes to Veteran’s Benefits Could Affect Elderly

The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for qualified veterans and their surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of personal hygiene (known as Activities of Daily Living).

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Tips for Dealing with Post Divorce Conflict

So your agreement is signed and approved by a judge who declared you single – you leave the courthouse thankful that you will never step foot in it again.  Unfortunately, many divorced couples find themselves back in family court for a variety of reasons.  A large part

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Children with Autism May be Eligible for SSI Benefits

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States. This disorder causes difficulties with social interaction, deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication, and a wide variety of behavioral challenges. In severe cases, a child with ASD can require around

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Are You in Your Right Mind? (or Left?)

When I was about to marry my first husband, we were given a Myers-Briggs personality test by the priest who was to marry us to predict our compatibility.  I do not recall what the results were, but I seem to remember a look of disappointment? (or maybe fear?)

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The Real Diddy About Jack and Diane (By Joan Reed Wilson, with special thanks to John Cougar Mellencamp)

Who remembers Jack and Diane? Those two crazy kids in love in John Cougar’s (before he admitted that his real last name was Mellencamp) 1980’s song, enjoying the carefree life of teenagers. Do you know what happened to Jack and Diane? Here’s the real ditty about Jack

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The Benefits of Care Coordination & Advocacy: One Couple’s Story

The Benefits of Care Coordination and Advocacy Mary and Wade’s Story By: Attorney Joan Reed Wilson Earlier this month, we announced our new focus area called Life Care Planning, which developed out of our estate planning and elder law practices. Life Care Planning is a revolutionary new

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Pilot Program Launched to Allow Limited Scope Representation in Family Matters

There is an ever-increasing number of pro se litigants in divorce cases. Navigating the process on your own can be a daunting task. In an effort to assist pro se litigants, Connecticut has launched a pilot program that will allow divorcing parties to hire an attorney to

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