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The ABC’s of MOLST

Have you ever heard of a ‘DNR’ order? DNR stands for ‘Do No Resuscitate’ and it is a medical order entered into your chart by your doctor upon your instruction. It is also sometimes referred to as your code status. Maryland has expanded its end-of-life orders into a new form: the MOLST: Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining […]

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Financial Eligibility for Maryland Medicaid Long-Term Care

Perhaps the most confusion about eligibility for Medicaid Long-Term Care is centered around the financial eligibility criteria. Generally, the financial criteria are broken down into two categories: Income and Assets. The income test is relatively simple: the applicant’s available income must be less than the private pay cost of care. “Available income” is a term […]

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The Importance of Family Advocates

Posted May, 2014, by Shannon L. Hammond, Esq. May is National Elder Law month. In my practice, I routinely counsel families through major life transitions, including death, disability and illness. I have been empathetic toward the adult children who often shoulder the burden of overseeing the care of their aging parents. But, after my own personal […]

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Heading Home for the Holidays? Check on Mom and Dad.

Posted December, 2013, by Shannon L. Hammond, Esq. As the cycle of business goes, my work always slows down a bit during the months of November and December…but, boy, does it pick up in January!  Why?  Because you travel home to see Mom and Dad for the holidays and suddenly realize that Mom put an empty […]

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Why You’re Not Too Young for End-of-Life Decision-Making

Posted November, 2013, by Shannon L. Hammond, Esq. One of the greatest challenges in using the term “elder law” is that many elder law issues are not at all reserved for the elderly.  In fact, many of these issues are just as important for a newlywed as for a widow. You may have heard the story […]

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What’s What in the Wonderful World of “Wills”?

Posted October, 2013, by Shannon L. Hammond, Esq. Many of my estate planning clients cannot articulate which documents they need.  I don’t know why so many estate planning documents have similar and confusing names.  Here’s a quick reference chart to help you sort it out: Last Will & Testament: controls how your probate estate will be […]

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Where Should You Keep Your Last Will and Testament?

  Posted September, 2013, by Shannon L. Hammond, Esq. When I meet with clients to execute their estate planning documents, the meeting always concludes with a discussion about where to keep all these important papers.  The answer may not be as obvious as you’d think… You only have one original Last Will and Testament.  You should […]

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