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We are pleased to provide our own library of articles on topics that you, our current and potential clients, might find to be of value. We hope the items provided will enhance your understanding of the legal matters currently of interest to you, but we also would like to remind you that whatever enlightenment you might derive from them is no substitute for expert legal counsel. For that, you are advised to consult with an experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Sharon L. Pope.

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The Power of a Power of Attorney
Part two in a series about how to provide legal, financial, and personal protection for those with a significant disability.
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How Special Needs Trusts Work to Protect Assets and Income While Preserving Benefits for a Person with Disabilities
How can a person with disabilities receive or retain assets if they need medical or home care assistance through the Medicaid (T-19) waivers, such as: • the ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Waiver • the PCA Personal Care Assistant) Waiver • the Medicaid Home Care Waiver for persons 65 or better • the DDS (formerly DRM) Waiver • or Community Medicaid? There is a common misunderstanding that you must be impoverished in order to qualify for Medicaid (Title 19) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). It is also commonly thought that if you have a child with a disability, you will have to disinherit that child in order to preserve important benefits. Both assumptions are incorrect.
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Veteran`s Burial Benefits
All veterans of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are honorably discharged from the service are entitled to the veteran’s burial benefit. Certain National Guard and reserve members may also qualify. Depending upon the veteran’s circumstances and personal wishes, there are a number of burial choices available such as burial in a national cemetery, burial in a private cemetery, and cremation. Eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans are entitled to be buried at a national cemetery but not at a private cemetery. Certain burial expenses are absorbed by the family and not the federal government. As part of the planning process, we encourage veterans to review the information below, convey their wishes to their loved ones, and gather the necessary paperwork.
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Conservatorships
This is the first article in a two part series about how to help a loved one who is having difficulty managing his or her affairs.
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Medicaid Programs & Eligibility
Medicaid, or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, finances long-term care. It is a program based on financial need — a safety net for many people who are disabled or elderly and in need of long-term care, either in a convalescent facility or in a home-care setting. Financed with both state and federal money, Medicaid is administered in Connecticut by the Department of Social Services.
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Veterans and Surviving Spouses: Aid and Attendance Pension
This article explains how the Veteran`s Aid and Attendance Pension works, including how to calculate the likely amount for which you could qualify. However, it’s important to remember that there are many different kinds of Veteran`s benefits and this is only one.
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Connecticut Home Care Programs
Connecticut`s two home-care programs offer different levels of care and different requirements for eligibility.
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