A new Connecticut act has expanded who can apply for the Kinship and Respite Grant Programs. Now, guardians who are not related to the children they take care of are able to apply for the programs. This benefits those individuals who aren’t granted guardianship subsidies or foster care payments from the Department of Children and families.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this new act, please feel free to call our office at (860) 423-9231!

More summaries of new acts to come in the coming weeks!

More Info: The Connecticut General Assembly’s Website

Attorney Patrick Prue from the Prue Law Group, P.C. recently joined Wayne Norman on Good Company WILI 1400 for the first two episodes of Legal Ease for 2020! Our topic was Conservatorship. Listen to the first episode here and the second episode here.

Our topic in February will be Probate. Attorney Evelina Ruszkowski will join Wayne Norman for these discussions. Tune in and listen on February 5th and 19th at 9:30 AM at 1400 AM or 95.3 FM.

The Prue Law Group, P.C. are experienced Connecticut Title 19 & Elder Care Lawyers. As Eastern Connecticut’s top law firm, we handle important elder law issues, both legal and financial. An Elder Care Lawyer prepares clients for end of life scenarios that may arise. With the assistance of The Prue Law Group, you can plan for long-term services and supports should you become unable to care for yourself due to physical and/or mental health conditions.

Preparing for an extended stay in a nursing home can evaporate your life savings in a short time. Connecticut Title 19 is a safety net for just such situations. Qualifying for Title 19 takes planning. To obtain Title 19, one must go through a lengthy application process. At The Prue Law Group, we help you understand the process and help you qualify for benefits. As Elder Care attorneys, we are often sought after to help clients apply for Title 19. Meet with The Prue Law Group for guidance in applying for Title 19.

The Prue Law Group is a trusted local firm that can help in all areas of elder law. The cost of an extended stay in a nursing home is out of reach for the average family. The unprepared are forced to spend their life savings on end of life care. When you find that Medicare and private insurance do not support the long term services and supports you need for every day life, your only recourse may be CT Title 19. However, that will take some advance planning and asset management. What you do not know about long term care can evaporate your nest egg unless you prepare. The Prue Law Group will unravel the confusion associated with qualifying for benefits. When you have questions about estate management or power of attorney, call the elder care lawyers at The Prue Law Group today. (860) 423-9231.


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The Prue Law Group can offer some advice about your options when your loved one requires long-term care. When your spouse or loved one is no longer able to perform every day routines such as preparing meals and bathing, you wonder what you can do. You may be concerned that a member of your family or friend who lives alone can no longer live independently. Since most of us have no experience with this scenario, it is natural to worry about placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility.

Even in the best of times, placing your loved one in a nursing facility is not an easy decision to make. Because we are making our way through a pandemic, this is a much more complicated decision. When it becomes obvious that you need assistance, you need advice from a trusted source. It is impossible to weigh your options when you have no real information before you. You wonder whether it will be possible to spend time with him or her in the facility.

Rest assured that you do have options. In home long-term care is available, from home care companions to skilled nursing care. You and your loved ones can get the care needed while remaining comfortably and safely at home. Many people are shocked at the high cost of long-term care, especially in a nursing home.

Medicare and most private health insurance plans do not cover the cost of long term care, whether at home or in a facility. A separate long term health care insurance policy can provide for care but so few families are sufficiently covered. And with the daily costs of long term care continuing to rise, that can quickly deplete income and savings. Thankfully there are government funded programs, such as the Connecticut Home Care for Elders Program, that provide benefits to defray the cost of care. In order to be eligible for assistance, you or your loved ones must demonstrate a need for these services as well as meeting the financial criteria. These criteria vary from program to program and the application process can be extensive and overwhelming.

The staff at The Prue Law Group has extensive experience in navigating these various benefits and programs. Let our attorneys discuss the options available for you and your loved ones. Do not let the application process deter your loved ones from getting the care they need while allowing them to remain at home and allowing you the peace of mind that they are being well cared for.

When legal matters….Call The Prue Law Group. Call (860) 423-9231 today.

The answer to that is anything you own either in your name alone, with someone else in survivorship, or in your name but with a designated beneficiary is all part of your estate. That bank account in only your name, your house that is owned with your spouse or a life insurance policy or retirement account that you own but that will pass to a designated beneficiary are all your assets for estate planning purposes and eventually probate. That is the easy part to understand.

More confusing is what goes through probate and how. The only assets that pass through probate are those assets in your name alone. Any assets other than those that are solely owned must be reported for tax purposes—they go directly to 1) the survivor if owned in survivorship, such as the house mentioned above, or 2) the designated beneficiary like your life insurances or IRA’s. In an estate plan, assets in your name alone get distributed under your will. For example, an estate where the deceased had $2.8 million in assets but only $20,000 as solely owned property, only the $20,000 goes through probate to be distributed through the will. The remainder had designated beneficiaries or were owned in survivorship and those assets are reported for tax purposes only.

Now is the time to compile an inventory of all assets in your name alone, as well as those assets that will go directly to a beneficiary or survivor. Then with that inventory on hand, you can make decisions regarding to whom you want to leave those assets to and how they will be handled in probate. All this needs to be taken into account when creating your estate plan and a well developed estate plan will make the probate process easier to navigate.