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9 (Potential) Problems with Your Trust - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 3, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: trusts, asset protection, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning

How Much Do You Need to Retire? — Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 15, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

How much money you need "in the bank" when you retire depends on many factors, including the following:

  • Living standards. How much money will you need each month to live the way you want to live? Does that include travel? A second home? Gifts or support to children and grandchildren? Create a budget as a starting point, and then assume that it will increase at least 3 percent per year to account for likely inflation.

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Topics: MassHealth planning, long-term care insurance, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning

"Special" or "Supplemental" Needs Trusts? - Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on September 10, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: special needs planning, Retirement Planning

What's the Difference Between "Supplemental" and "Special" Needs Trusts?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 9, 2012

By Harry S. Margolis

Supplemental-Trust-Special-Needs-Trust-Wellesley-AttorneyYou may have heard the terms "special" needs trust and "supplemental" needs trust and wondered what the difference is. The short answer is that there's no difference. Here's the long answer.

When the field of special needs planning began some three decades ago, we generally called the trusts we created for people with disabilities “supplemental” needs trusts. Our thinking was that the purpose of the trusts was to supplement the assistance provided by Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and other public benefits programs whose level of support is meager at best.

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Topics: long-term care planning, special needs planning, MassHealth, Retirement Planning

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