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COVID-19: A Parallel to Caring for an Aging Parent

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented disruption in our lives, forcing us to rearrange our daily routines and confront the fragility of life, not too dissimilar to the challenges faced by families caring for an aging parent. While many feel compelled to remain home to avoid exposure to the virus, other families recognize the uncertainty and […]

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No Last Will, No Problem

As though the loss of a loved one wasn’t challenging enough, families must navigate the estate administration process of honoring a loved one’s wishes, or lack thereof, without much direction. The first step is to determine whether your loved one had a signed, original Last Will and Testament expressing his or her final wishes.  Estates […]

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Whats wrong with Joint Accounts when it comes to Estates?

Joint ownership on assets is not the solution for all challenges that arise in estate planning and financial management.  Oftentimes, joint ownership can compound the complexity of estate planning and benefits qualification because with joint ownership comes additional obligations and risks. Below are a few points to consider that make joint ownership a beneficial and […]

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Splitting the Bill: Who’s Paying for Mom’s Nursing Home

Out of respect, indifference or confusion, children of elderly parents tread lightly on the topic of how a parent uses their finances. While a child should be considerate and always act in accordance with authority granted through financial powers of attorney, children must recognize that they may need to account for their parents conduct at […]

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Selling the Family Home to Pay for Nursing Home Care

When a family admits their loved one into a long term care facility, they are confronted with the challenge of selling the family home to pay for such care. Uncertain of which realtor to contact, how to clean out the property, and how to value the property, the process can quickly become overwhelming for a […]

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The Truth About the Federal Death (Estate) Tax and Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax

A 40% Death tax!? Then add on Pennsylvania inheritance tax!   More people ought to be concerned about the prospect of paying up to 40% Federal Estate Tax on their assets when they pass away.  However, rest easy knowing that a 40% levy on your assets upon your death is unlikely to occur. The vast […]

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Pennsylvania: Non-Probate does not mean Non-Taxable in Estate Law

At Mooney Law, we have had to address recent confusion related to the taxability of non-probate assets. In order to probe the issue further, we must first understand the basics of estate administration. In Pennsylvania, Probate is the process by which a loved one’s assets and debts are gathered upon their passing. Assets are converted […]

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PA Elder Law: Nursing Home costs From Losing $120,000 Yearly to Saving a Legacy

Many spouses are confronted with the sudden realization that their other half will remain indefinitely in a long term care facility. Overwhelmed by guilt and grief, they are propelled through a harsh system of Medicaid rules regarding long term care and with little guidance on their options. To not fault of their own, spouse’s rely […]

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We Have to Sell the House

All too often families of loved ones entering skilled nursing care misunderstand the rules that apply to protecting assets. Learn how a family can reduce or eliminate the risk and costs associated with their loved ones entering long term care.

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