Elder Law Educational Series & Events

Our law firm believes that education is a powerful tool to help us make informed decisions. Below are articles which may do just that!

Five Expected Social Security Changes in 2018

Because of its importance for current and future retirees, there may be no press release more awaited each year than the October announcement from the Social Security Administration (SSA) detailing the changes to the program in the upcoming year. This announcement is often made in the third week of October since the inflationary tether used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) isn't made official until about the midpoint of October. In other words, we're roughly two weeks away from a game-changing announcement by the SSA. What can you expect in terms of Social Security changes for 2018? While only one is a guarantee, at least five Social Security changes appear very likely. This article enumerates and explains those changes.

Source/more: The Motley Fool

Rising Medicare Part B Costs Leave Seniors in Bind

Millions of seniors will soon be notified that Medicare premiums for physicians’ services are rising and likely to consume most of the cost-of-living adjustment they’ll receive next year from Social Security. Higher 2018 premiums for Medicare Part B will hit older adults who’ve been shielded from significant cost increases for several years, including large numbers of low-income individuals who struggle to make ends meet. “In effect, this means that increases in Social Security benefits will be minimal, for a third year, for many people, putting them in a bind,” said Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy consultant at the Senior Citizens League. Another, much smaller group of high-income older adults will also face higher Medicare Part B premiums next year because of changes enacted in 2015 federal legislation.

Source/more: Kaiser Health News

Our law firm periodically conducts free seminars in and outside our office on the following topics:

  • Estate Planning
    • Wills & Trusts
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Elder Law Educational Series
    • Living Wills

  • How To Avoid Probate
    • Medicaid Planning
    • Protect Your Assets
    • Long Term Care Options

  • Planning For The Future
    • Learn About Levels of Care
    • Placement Issues
    • Health Care Issues

Please contact our office for the dates of upcoming seminars (386) 672-2550