VA Program Adds Divestment Rules and More

By Doug Chalgian on September 18, 2018

The so-called “Aid and Attendance” pension has become an important source of income for older adults needing long term care services, and an important source of business for...

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New Medicaid Policy on VA Income

By Doug Chalgian on April 10, 2016

Understanding the way Medicaid programs treat income-like benefits paid by the Veterans Administration have always been confusing (at least to me). Until now, Medicaid policy on the subject...

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VA and LTC Planning

By Doug Chalgian on September 13, 2015

I recently responded to a post on a listserv in which the issue of using irrevocable trusts to “protect assets” in order to obtain VA Aid and Attendance...

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Striking the Balance of Financial Integrity and Quality of Care for the Spouse of an Impaired Adult

By Doug Chalgian on July 28, 2013

Here’s another balance that’s hard to strike - and hard to help clients understand and decide.Typical example: Husband and wife have been married 50 years.  They are both...

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American Austerity

By Doug Chalgian on December 20, 2012

The boomers are aging in huge numbers.  The ratio between working-age tax payers and retirees is slanting rapidly toward the retirees. The government programs that provide care for...

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Anatomy of a Senior Seminar Scam

By Doug Chalgian on December 20, 2012

When you reach a certain age you begin receiving invitations to "educational seminars."  Often bright colored postcards in the mail, sometimes formalistic letters, even advertisements in the local...

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Doug Chalgian

About The Author: Doug Chalgian

I am an estate planning, probate litigating, elder law attorney. This is a blog for clients and professional colleagues. In it I offer my ideas about the state of the law and the practice of law. I believe we are living through a unique period during which the law (which is traditionally slow to change) and society are attempting to evolve to address the explosion of people living long lives. I find these developments fascinating and enjoy being involved in this evolution.