ElderLaw News August 2011
- Two Tax Court Decisions Clarify When Long-Term Care Expenses Are Deductible
- Cohabiting Seniors: Protect Your Rights
- Hiring a Caregiver: Should You Employ One Yourself or Go Through an Agency?
- Feds Enhance Site for Comparing Nursing Homes
To Clients, Colleagues and Friends:
We are pleased to announce that Frank A. Petrich and Julian E. Gray have once again been named to the Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” list and Caitlin E. Harper has been name to the Pennsylvania “Rising-Star” list as top attorneys in the state for 2011. No more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by “Super Lawyers”!
Long-term care can be very expensive, but many expenses can be deducted from your taxes. Two important recent decisions by the U.S. Tax Court provide guidance on when caregiving services are deductible.
More and more seniors are living together without getting married. For some seniors, marriage isn’t financially worth it — they don’t want to lose their former spouses’ military, pension, or Social Security benefits. Other seniors don’t want to have to pay their partners’ medical expenses or deal with the objections of children worried about their inheritance.
Most seniors prefer to stay at home as long as possible rather than move into a nursing home. For many families, this means eventually hiring a caregiver to look after an aging relative. There are two main ways to hire someone: directly or through a home health agency.
There is now more information available to help families evaluate nursing homes. The federal government has revamped the criteria on its “Nursing Home Compare” Web site, where consumers can compare nursing home care in the United States. In addition, new information about complaints against nursing homes will soon be available on the site.