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Friday, June 1, 2012

Walsh & Wilson is now ELDER LAW of LOUISVILLE!

We are excited to announce that Walsh & Wilson, PLLC is now ELDER LAW of LOUISVILLE!  Eileen Walsh and Whitney Wilson continue to own, operate and manage this law firm, dedicated to helping seniors and their families navigate life's path.  Our focus is putting all the pieces of the puzzle in place to protect assets, finance long term care, and stay at home as long as possible.

We are also excited to announce that we have moved into our new offices.  Our new address is 4500 Bowling Boulevard, Suite 150, Louisville, Kentucky 40207.  The number has not changed, (502) 410-5080.  Feel free to drop by and see our new space!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Way to go Linda!

Congratulations to our Client Manager, Linda Ruffra Cobb, on completing her training with the Academy of VA Pension Planners!  She is ready to handle all your questions about applying for VA pension benefits.

 

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

We Are Moving!

Walsh & Wilson is moving to new office space.  We expect to move June 1st and had our first construction meeting this morning.  Don't worry, we will still be conveniently located in St. Matthews.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"The Practical Bucket List" by Marie Brady in Today's Transitions Magazine

Be sure to read the Winter 2011/2012 edition of Today's Transitions for a terrific article by Marie Bradby, "The Practical Bucket List" for tips on how to organize your affairs.  Here is a link:  http://www.todaystransitions.com/


Monday, December 19, 2011

Like us on Facebook!

Walsh & Wilson joined Facebook!  Be sure to Like us to connect with us directly.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New 2012 VA Pension Rates!

For the first time since 2008, the V.A. has announced an increase in the Non-Service Connected Pension Benefit rates.  Effective December 1, 2011, and payable beginning January 1, 2012, the new rates are as follows:

  

FOR A WARTIME VETERAN

BENEFIT

ANNUAL BENEFIT

MONTHLY EQUIVALENT

IMPROVED BASE PENSION w/out dependent

$12,256

$1,021

     w/ 1 dependent (a spouse)

$16,051

$1,337

HOUSEBOUND ALLOWANCE w/out dependent

$14,978

$1,248

     w/ 1 dependent (a spouse)

$18,773

$1,564

AID & ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE w/out dependent

$20,447

$1,703

     w/ 1 dependent (a spouse)

$24,239

$2,019

Each additional dependent

+ $2,093

+ $174

 

FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF A WARTIME VETERAN

BENEFIT

ANNUAL BENEFIT

MONTHLY EQUIVALENT

IMPROVED BASE PENSION w/out dependent

$8,219

$684

     w/ 1 dependent

$10,759

$896

HOUSEBOUND ALLOWANCE w/out dependent

$10,046

$837

     w/ 1 dependent

$12,582

$1,048

AID & ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE w/out dependent

$13,138

$1,094

     w/ 1 dependent

$15,673

$1,306

Each additional dependent

+ $2,093

+ $174

  

FOR WARTIME VETERAN MARRIED TO WARTIME VETERAN

BENEFIT

ANNUAL BENEFIT

MONTHLY EQUIVALENT

IMPROVED BASE PENSION (for both)

$16,051

$1,337

One HOUSEBOUND

$18,773

$1,564

HOUSEBOUND for Both

$21,494

$1,791

One AID & ATTENDANCE

$24,239

$2,019

One AID & ATTENDANCE and One HOUSEBOUND

$26,955

$2,246

AID & ATTENDANCE for Both

$31,578

$2,631

Each dependent child

+ $2,093

+ $174

 


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Medicare Part B Deductible for 2012

The standard Medicare Part B deduction effective December 1, 2011, payable beginning January 1, 2012, is $99.90 per month, for those under the income limit.  In 2011, the deductible was $96.40 per month.  This deductible is typically taken directly out of the recipient's monthly Social Security payment.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2012 Medicaid Adjustments

Kentucky Medicaid has announced cost of living adjustments to a few of its numbers. 

At the beginning of 2012, Community Spouses will have a new minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA) of $22,728.  The new maximum CSRA will be $113,640.  Currently, the maximum CSRA is $109,560.  The CSRA is the amount of assets Medicaid will allow a Community Spouse to keep.

Also, Kentucky Medicaid will now exempt $525,000 of home equity in the primary residence.

Starting July 1, 2012, Community Spouses will also have a new Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (MMMNA) of $2,841 per month.  Until then, the MMMNA remains $1,828.75.  The MMMNA is the maximum amount of monthly income Medicaid will allow a Community Spouse to keep from the Institutionalized Spouse, if the Community Spouse does not have enough of his/her own income.

 


Friday, October 21, 2011

SSI Cost of Living Adjustment for 2012

As I sit at the airport waiting for my flight home from the 2011 Special Needs Conference held by the Stetson College of Law, I have time to reflect on the past two days.  The biggest news?  The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced they are increasing the SSI benefit amount for SSI recipients.  Starting January 1, 2012, the new maximum SSI benefits will be:

SINGLE INDIVIDUAL:  $698 per month

COUPLE: $1048 per month

 

Whitney M. Wilson


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Staying on Top of Elder Law Issues

    Walsh and Wilson stays on top of the important issues facing our clients.  One important way we do this is by traveling around the country to Conferences and Seminars where we add to and refine our knowledge base and estate planning techniques.  I thought I would share with you where we've been in 2011.  I started in January with attending a National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) meeting in Dallas, Texas.  My partner, Whitney Wilson, attended a Veterans' Benefits Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia in April, and the both of us were in Tampa, Florida in May for a self-styled "Medicaid Immersion Camp."  I am just back from a September trip to Philadelphia, fresh off an Advanced Medicaid Planning Seminar.  But we're not done yet!  Whitney will be back in Florida in October attending an important Special Needs Conference and I am looking forward to attending the National NAELA meeting in Boston in November.

    It is not always the easiest thing to pack up and leave the office to attend meetings and seminars, but we know it's important that we do so.  Why?  We go for one reason and that is so we can provide you with the best legal advice for your family situation.            

     We are here to help families.  Please don't hesitate to give us a call.

      Eileen Walsh          

            


Friday, September 9, 2011

"Over the Edge"

My big brother, Mike Hannold, went "Over the Edge" for Special Olympics Tennessee!  He repelled down a 27 story building today in Nashville, TN to raise funds for this great organization.  I am a proud little sister!

Whitney Wilson


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