Avoiding Probate Just Got Easier

Posted by Law Office of Glenn A. Deig on  June 25, 2022 
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To avoid a formal estate in the Court system, before July 1, 2022, the probate estate of the decedent must have been less than $50,000 less liens, encumbrances, and funeral expenses.  Effective, July 1, 2022, for any Indiana resident who then passes away, this number has doubled to $100,000.  Consequently, any probate assets solely in the decedent’s name alone count toward this number. A bank account solely in decedent’s name without a beneficiary listed would 

Medicare & Medicaid Misconceptions

Posted by Law Office of Glenn A. Deig on  May 25, 2022 
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People routinely get the programs and terms Medicare and Medicaid confused; and thinking they have the same coverages with both.  However, this is not true. One of the most common misconceptions is Medicare will pay for long-term care. Medicare is an entitlement program.  If a person is on disability or is receiving Social Security benefits at age 65, they will receive Medicare benefits.  Medicare will only pay, through Part A, up to 100 days of 

What is a Medicaid Penalty Period?

Posted by Law Office of Glenn A. Deig on  April 25, 2022 
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everal categories of Medicaid, such as the category which covers most of the cost of nursing home care and the cost of at-home care, have an asset limit to qualify for coverage. This leads many clients to ask, “Can I just give everything away and then apply for Medicaid to help pay the cost of the nursing home?” All gifts, or transfers of resources at less than fair market value, which have taken place within 

Transfer on Death Deeds — Pros & Cons

Posted by Law Office of Glenn A. Deig on  March 25, 2022 
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Last month’s article discussed a Life Estate Deed and the pros & cons of this estate planning document.  This month is related, but a discussion of a different estate planning document, the Transfer on Death Deed (TOD Deed).  Over 31 States currently allow the use of TOD Deeds. Indiana allows the use of POD (payable on death)/TOD (transfer on death) on any type of property interest including bank accounts, investments, and even titles to vehicles 

Life Estate Deeds — Pros & Cons

Posted by Law Office of Glenn A. Deig on  February 25, 2022 
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A parent routinely comes in and will say: “I want to put my house into my kids’ names while I’m alive to protect it and avoid probate, but I do not want them to be able to kick me out!”  There are several options in Indiana, but a Life Estate Deed is one. A Life Estate Deed is a Quitclaim (or Warranty Deed) that the parent, in this example, executes and that is recorded in