Anatomical Gift and Supported Decision Making Laws

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Governor Holcomb invited Hawkins Elder Law attorney Jeff R Hawkins and other stakeholder representatives to witness the Governor’s July 8 ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 112 (SEA 112) and Senate Enrolled Act 380 (SEA 380) at the Governor’s Residence. During the ceremony, the Governor recognized key legislators and advocates that had supported the pair […]

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MEDICAID APPLICATION TRIAL AND ERROR

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Medicaid application trial and error creates big problems for nursing home residents. Unfortunately, it is a common practice that creates financial nightmares for nursing home residents’ families. This article explains common Medicaid application problems and suggests when people should seek professional help from experienced elder law attorneys. Medicaid Application Trial and Error – Repetition Doesn’t […]

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“FREE” POWER OF ATTORNEY

Posted on June 29, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

A “free” power of attorney is very much like free firearms, free explosives, and free hazardous chemicals. Each item may be useful when someone uses it properly, but it would be irresponsible to deliver such things to people randomly. This article explains why it is dangerous for people to sign an off-the-shelf, “free” power of […]

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SECURE ACT IRA CHANGES – A MIXED BAG

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

SECURE Act IRA changes may affect retirement planning strategies dramatically. On May 23, 2019, 417 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to change IRAs with the “SECURE Act” (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019). If Congress and the White House agree on a bill, it will change the landscape for retirement contributions and required IRA withdrawals. This article describes some of the SECURE Act’s key aspects and an alternative U.S. Senate bill.

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MEDICAID & PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS – PART 2

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This conclusion of our two-part series about Medicaid and prenuptial agreements explains how Medicaid treats prenuptial agreements.

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MEDICAID & PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS – PART 1

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article begins a 2-part explanation of how Indiana Medicaid deals with a remarried couple’s assets when one spouse requires nursing home care if the couple made a prenuptial agreement before they married.

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Hoosier Health Care Advance Directive Options May Improve

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Indiana health care advance directive options may improve in 2019. If Indiana passes 2019 House Bill 1516 (HB 1516), then the law will upgrade how Hoosiers plan for future health care decisions. This article describes current health care advance directive laws and how the new law may help Indiana health care patients plan for emergency health care and end-of-life decisions.

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Personal Business Records Organization Tips

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Few people manage their personal business records properly, so this article gives record-keeping tips.

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Indiana Cancels Favorable Medicaid Policy on IRAs

Posted on December 27, 2018 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article explains some surprising new IRA protection opportunities created by recent Indiana Medicaid rule changes.

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Medicaid Lookback, Transfer Penalties, and Property Transfer Strategies

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article includes our answers to recent questions about Indiana’s 5-year Medicaid lookback rule. The answers also explain transfer penalties, and some property transfer strategies that elder law attorneys use to protect assets from long-term health care expenses. 5-Year Medicaid Lookback Inquiry Could my spouse and I avoid the lookback legally by purchasing my parents’ home […]

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