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Medicaid remains the primary way for Americans to afford nursing home care. The eligibility criteria are stringent, and the planning and application processes are fraught with financial risk. This focused legal guide will review the toughest aspects of Medicaid planning and offer practical solutions to improper asset transfers, POA mistakes and IRA troubles, among other problem areas. Give your clients the best chance at long-term care funding. Order today!
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SARAH J. BARNES is an attorney and trust officer with the Bank of Sun Prairie in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, where she handles all types of trust and estate administration matters. Ms. Barnes also deals with tax-related matters. She previously was in private practice where she practiced in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, and frequently served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in guardianship matters. Ms. Barnes earned her B.A. degree from Edgewood College and her J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School. Her professional memberships include the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane and Sauk County bar associations, Legal Association of Women, and the Madison Estate Planning Council. Ms. Barnes is admitted to practice in Wisconsin.
EMMA R. HEMNESS is the founder of the Law Office of Emma Hemness PA, located in the Tampa Bay area, where she focuses her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and special needs law. She is board certified in elder law by The Florida Bar and is also nationally board certified as a CELA by the National Elder Law Foundation. Super Lawyers magazine has named Ms. Hemness to the list of Top 100 Attorneys in Florida for 2017. She has also been named to the Top 50 Women Lawyers list in 2011, 2016, and 2017. Ms. Hemness is a member of the Public Policy Task Force, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Special Needs Alliance. She has been accredited by the Veterans Administration since 2008.
THOMAS J. MURPHY is an attorney located in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix. His practice emphasizes estate planning, elder law (including nursing home issues), all probate matters (including contested matters and guardianships), and tax controversies. Mr. Murphy has regularly appeared before the Arizona Court of Appeals, litigating many of the cutting-edge appellate cases in probate law, and has successfully litigated cases in the U.S. Tax Court, the Arizona Tax Court, and the Arizona Board of Tax Appeals. He has represented clients before all levels of the Internal Revenue Service and the Arizona Department of Revenue. Mr. Murphy is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the State Bar of Arizona (Tax Law, Probate and Trust Law, Mental Health and Elder Law sections), and the Arizona Medicaid Planning Council. He has served on numerous state and county bar association committees, and was selected as the state bar representative to the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Reform of Lower Jurisdiction Courts. Mr. Murphy has testified as an expert witness in cases before the Maricopa County Probate Court regarding probate practices in Arizona. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Phoenix Tax Workshop and the Editorial Board of NAELA News. Mr. Murphy has been published in many national, state and local professional journals, writing on a wide variety of legal and tax matters. His articles on the impact of the new HIPAA regulations on health care powers of attorney and related documents have garnered him wide recognition as one of the nation's foremost authorities in this field, and he has been invited to speak before many organizations. Mr. Murphy graduated from Tufts University, with honors, and he earned his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School.