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Medicaid Warns of Dangers of “Medicaid Planners”

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The Mississippi Division of Medicaid has issued a warning "advising seniors, their families, and caregivers there is no fee associated with applying for Medicaid benefits" and asking that "so-called Medicaid 'planners' who charge to fill out Medicaid applications" be reported to the Medicaid fraud division. What the Division of Medicaid fails to state is that […]

Best Laid Plans …

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I was recently consulted on a case involving a medicaid applicant under a special state Medicaid waiver program that would pay around $950 per month toward assisted living expenses.  The applicant had no money, and her only other asset was her house, which is an exempt asset under Medicaid.  As a result, the applicant qualified […]

Former Mayor of Jackson Dies with Sizable Estate and no Will

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The late Mayor Frank Melton died leaving a sizable estate with assets in both Mississippi and Texas. Despite his considerable means, Melton died without a will.  Texas is a community property state, whereas Mississippi is not, which may result in some differences as to how assets are distributed, depending on the state in which they […]

Forbes Reports No Dispute over McNair Estate

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Contrary to predictions of controversy over the Steve McNair estate made here and elsewhere on the web, Forbes reports that no dispute exists between the various factions of the McNair family.  According to the report, everyone in the family is aware of the football player's wishes with respect to caring for his children, both from […]

The High Cost of Failing to Plan

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Steve McNair earned a reported $75 million during his 13 seasons with the Titans, and yet apparently died without a will. While it is unknown what his current estate is worth, it is almost certainly worth many millions. Under current estate tax law, the first $3.5 million of his estate going to persons other than […]

Nursing Home Ratings

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US News and World Report has rated nursing homes around the nation.  Mississippi has 25 homes with a 5 star rating.  To see how a particular home that you are considering rates, click here.

Morton Appointed to MS Bar Committees

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Ronald Morton has accepted appointment as Chairman of the Mississippi Bar's Technology Committee for 2009-2010.  Additionally, Morton has accepted a one year appointment to the Mississippi Bar's ethics committee. 

Millionaire Football Star Died Without a Will

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Mississippi native and football legend Steve McNair died without a will, leaving the handling of his estate to the intestacy laws of Tennessee, the Tennesseeian reports.  His widow's petition to open the estate only identifies herself and their two sons, but omits his two other sons from a previous marriage.  Under Tennessee law, his surviving […]

Qualifying for Medicaid in Mississippi

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The following is a video blog post that reviews the requirements for qualifying for Mississippi Medicaid benefits.

Michael Jackson’s Will Tells Us a Lot by Telling Us Very Little

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The Will of Michael Jackson was filed in Los Angeles Probate court yesterday.  Michael Jackson's Will.  From the will we really learn very little about the ultimate distribution of Jackson's large estate.  The entire estate is payable into the Michael Jackson Family Trust.  It appears that this "Family Trust" is a revocable living trust, given […]

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