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Can you or your loved one qualify for Medicaid?

Iowa has two different Medicaid programs to assist residents in paying for medical care. Title 19: serves people who need to reside in a nursing home. Elderly Waiver: This program provides funding to pay for in-home medical assistance to people who need help but still live in their own homes or in independent or assisted [..]

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The Top 10 Medicaid Questions Answered

1. How long does it take to get Medicaid? The answer varies depending on each person’s situation, but basically it is dependent on acquiring all the documentation needed to satisfy the Department of Human Resources that the applicant has met the income and resource limitations and the medical needs required by the program. Typically, we [..]

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A Tie Bench at the Supreme Court

Written by: K.O. Myers, J.D. The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has touched off a fierce political battle, with President Obama and Republican senators (and presidential candidates) taking opposing positions about their Constitutional duty to fill the vacant seat at the Court. But how is the actual work of the Supreme Court affected [..]

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3 Tips in Avoiding Probate

Written by: Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. Probate: the process of identifying the rightful heirs, and transferring the decedent’s property to them in a way that also protects creditor’s rights, involving the court system (not a legal definition). Court involvement is needed whether there is a will or not, if a person died owning real estate [..]

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What is All the Fuss About the Caucus?

Written by: Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. We are all well-aware that Iowa is the center of national political attention every presidential election year (and the whole year before it), and many of us are so sick of the commercials that we simply do not want to participate in the election process, at all. People in [..]

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5 Tips for Serving Alcohol at Christmas and New Years

Written by: Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. It is party season, which means that many of you will be serving alcohol to guests. The question arises: what liability do you have if some drinks alcohol at your party and then gets into a car accident? This is commonly referred to as “social host” law. A social [..]

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Why We are Thankful for Laws

Written by: Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. The intended audience for this article is middle and high school students. Please encourage your children to read it.  Social studies and government teachers will have expanded articles to discuss in class. You may, sometimes, hear grownups grumbling about laws, but the truth is that we need a lot [..]

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Veteran’s Benefits Unclaimed

Written by: Cynthia P. Letsch, J.D. Many federal veteran’s benefits go unclaimed because people just do not know about them.  One of the most common unknown benefits is the pension Aid and Attendance benefit.   This is available to any veteran or veteran’s surviving spouse, if the veteran served during war time, including Viet Nam, and [..]

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5 Steps to Protect a Decedent’s Identity

Who would have thought that you have to protect your identity, even after you are dead!?  It’s true.  Identity thieves thrive on reincarnating deceased people.  After all, who is going to complain?  Identities of deceased individuals are used to apply for credit, tax refunds, and obtain jobs.  Black market sales of social security numbers that [..]

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