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A TEN-STEP ANALYSIS TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT ON A PLAINTIFF RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA             Many public benefits are means-tested and the receipt of a personal injury settlement will frequently disqualify the plaintiff from continuing to receive those public benefits.  There are many public benefits, but the most commons ones are SSI, Medicaid, SSDI, Medicare, Section 8 House, SNAP (Food Stamps), and Veterans Aid…

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THE IMPACT OF CROWD-FUNDING ON INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING PUBLIC BENEFITS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Crowd-Funding People often utilized an online device known as “crowd-funding” to raise money for certain purposes. Popular online websites include GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and Crowdrise. These websites allow users to fundraiser for individuals and personal causes. They are often very effective ways to raise money. On other occasions, crowd-funding…

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OVERVIEW OF MEDICAID TRUSTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Types of Trusts. Trusts established and funded after August 10, 1993, are governed by OBRA-93. The Medicaid-qualifying trust rules were repealed by OBRA-93, and new rules for revocable and irrevocable trusts created after August 10, 1993, were established. OBRA-93 also created special disability trusts, each of which has rules….

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PROTECTING THE HOME FROM THE COST OF LONG-TERM CARE

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Seventy percent of Americans will require some form of long-term care be it nursing home, assisted living or home care. The cost of this care can range from $20 per hour or more for home care to $10,000 – $12,000 per month for nursing home care. Before becoming eligible…

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