On January 19, 2015, Cleveland Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla of the Law Offices of Randall M. Perla spoke to residents of the Franciscan Village of Cleveland, Ohio, which offers independent living for seniors. At the talk, Ms. Perla touched upon issues of Medicaid, including the use of Medicaid to pay for long-term nursing care, eligibility for Medicaid and Medicaid planning opportunities. She also reviewed basic estate planning documents including the Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will, Financial Power of Attorney, Living Trust and Last Will and Testament. The session gave residents… Read the rest
Fairview Park attorney Elizabeth L. Perla has been chosen by the National Business Institute to speak at their “Trusts 101” Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio on June 19, 2012 on the topic of Ethical Considerations. She will cover the issues of ‘Who is Your Client?’, ‘Confidentiality in Third Party Communications,’ ‘Assessing the Client’s Capacity,’ and ‘Avoiding Fraudulent Transfers.’ The seminar will be recorded in its entirety and can be obtained by contacting NBI directly.… Read the rest
1. Check when the order became effective. If you are employed, the withholding order on your wages will not be instantaneous, which means that you are responsible for paying child support directly to CSEA until the withholding order is in place, otherwise arrears will accumulate.
2. Do not pay child support directly to the other parent! Money paid directly to the other parent will be considered a gift and will not go towards your child support obligation.
3. Check how much the order is for. The amount will differ depending on whether you are providing health insurance for the child or not. If you … Read the rest
Prior to applying for Medicaid, you should consult an attorney to explore planning opportunities, but especially if you are married or have given away any assets or transferred ownership of any of your assets for less than fair market value within the last 5 years. Moreover, please be advised that applying too early or too late for Medicaid could cost you thousands of dollars.
1. Application (additional application is required for Waiver programs)
You must file an application with the Department of Job and Family Services in the county where you reside, or if you are in a nursing home,… Read the rest
It is certainly true that no one likes to think about death or dying. But it is also true that everyone dies, and unfortunately some leave this earth far too soon. Estate Planning is not morbid. It is responsible. We don’t avoid buying health insurance because it reminds us that we may get sick. In the same way, we should not avoid estate planning. After all, estate planning is an insurance policy for our loved ones.
Remember, estate planning isn’t for you, it is for the people you leave behind.
There are several key questions that you need to ask yourself.
1.) Who would I want to care… Read the rest