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How Long Should I Hold on to Important Documents?

It is hard to know what documents to trash and when. Before you know it, your spare room, office, basement, or garage is overflowing with boxes of papers that all…

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Alzheimers Awareness

Local Attorney Shares Practical Advice on Alzheimer’s in Books

By KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE ST. CHARLES —Linda Strohschein, principal attorney and owner of Strohschein Law Group, is offering free advice and information about Alzheimer's disease and dementia in her two…

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Strohschein Community Business

Strohschein Named a Community Business of the Year

ST. CHARLES -- Strohschein Law Group was the recipient of the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center's Community Business of the Year Award. The Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center annually selects a business…

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Keeping the Jolly in the Holiday

A Caregiver’s Guide to When a Family Member has Dementia Our Friends at Elderday Center in Batavia are a great resource for families with Dementia related issues. Enjoy these tips from…

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Some states are asking to eliminate retroactive Medicaid benefits.

More States Asking to Eliminate Retroactive Medicaid Benefits

Arizona and Florida are the latest states to request a waiver from the requirement that states provide three months of retroactive Medicaid coverage to eligible Medicaid recipients. Medicaid law allows…

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Social Security

How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes

What happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you can reverse those…

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Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit…

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Nursing Home Residents Win Back Right to Sue

  In recent years, nursing homes have increasingly asked -- or forced -- patients and their families to sign arbitration agreements prior to admission. By signing these agreements, patients or…

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SNT Payments Cause Section 8 Ineligibility

This case from Massachusetts details that the section 8 housing agent informed plaintiff Ms. DeCambre that she was no longer eligible for Section 8 because the trust had disbursed more than $60,000 during the year for her car, phone, Internet, veterinary care for her pets and travel expenses. A hearing officer upheld the BHA's decision. Find out why.
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Attention Caregiver’s – You Have Support! Part 1

Most extended families are familiar with a circumstance or two where a relative provides the primary care for a dependent due to special needs, short term medical condition, or an elder who requires home care. Regardless of the situation, caregiving can be challenging. We are here to inform you that there are resources available in your community to help relieve such challenges. If you know of a relative, or even a friend offering care to a loved one, it sometimes helps just to have an understanding of what resources are available. Some options are more appropriate than others depending on the individual needs.
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Family Caregivers – Providing a Selfless Service

A recent report from AARP found that in 2009, there were 42 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States. According to the study, the “average” caregiver is a 49-year-old female who juggles a job and a family of her own while providing 18.4 hours per week of unpaid care.
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Common Estate Planning Mistakes – Celebrities Make Them Too

When it comes to estate planning, wills and inheritance arrangements, it’s what most people DON’T know or do – celebs and non-celebs alike - that can cause the most harm. Although we don’t like to think of our own death or disability, these are a few lessons from Hollywood and throughout history where a little planning really could have gone a long way.
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