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Who Should Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Buying long-term care insurance is one way to protect against the high cost of long-term care. However, this type of insurance may not be for everyone, so consider all your options. Determining whether you need long-term care insurance depends, in part, on your financial situation.

Medicare’s Limited Nursing Home Coverage

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Mar 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many people mistakenly believe that Medicare covers a patient’s nursing home stay. Yet Medicare’s coverage of nursing home care is quite limited resulting in some Medicare recipients being discharged from nursing homes before they are ready.

All About Revocable Trusts

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Feb 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

Revocable trusts are an effective way to avoid probate and provide for asset management in the event of incapacity but they only work if they are setup correctly and fully funded.

Medicaid Planning with Annuities

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Dec 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

In some circumstances, immediate annuities can be ideal Medicaid planning tools for spouses of nursing home residents. Careful planning is needed to make sure an annuity will work for you or your spouse.

Planning to "Do-it-Yourself" Estate Planning Online? Please Think Again and Consider These Pitfalls.

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Dec 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social media is flooded with ads for websites offering do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents. These digital services appear to offer a cost-effective and easy alternative to working with an estate planning or elder law attorney. Although these sites may appear convenient, you are taking a huge risk entrusting your wishes to a boilerplate form.

Which Nursing Home Rating System Should You Trust?

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Nov 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is a difficult decision and it can only be made more confusing by the various rating systems. A recent study found that using both Medicare's Nursing Home Compare site and user reviews can help with the decision making.  The official Medicare website i...

Medicare Premiums to Increase Slightly in 2021

Posted by Aubrey Sizer | Nov 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Medicare premiums are set to rise a modest amount next year, but still cut into any Social Security gains. The basic monthly premium will increase $3.90, from $144.60 a month to $148.50. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the premium and other Medicare cost increa...

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Attorney Sizer provides customized and affordable estate planning (including wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives); elder law services (including long-term care planning, special needs planning for the disabled, and guardianships and conservatorships); probate, estate and trust administration (including advising executors and administrators of estates about post-mortem planning and the local probate process in Virginia), as well as general aging and disability advice in Northern Virginia, including but not limited to Arlington, Alexandria, Ashburn, Bristow, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Gainesville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Haymarket, Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, Reston, Springfield, Sterling, and throughout Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax counties.