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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – Many Americans approaching old age are unsure of their ability to pay for long term care, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research report. Misconceptions persist among the aging adult population about the ways in which long term care will be financed. Around one-third of individuals aged 40 and older have not planned for their future needs, whether it is saving for a nursing home or setting aside funds for in-home care. “Planning for long term care for yourself or a loved one is essential to ensuring […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – In September, the Senate approved legislation that would allow disabled individuals to create special needs trusts for themselves. Known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, the bill corrects the assumption that all people with disabilities lack the mental capacity to create their own trusts. Under the current law, special needs trusts can only be established by a disabled individual’s legal guardian, parent, grandparent or a court, even if the beneficiary is mentally competent. Those who do not have a family member or guardian are forced to petition the court, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 – In San Diego, California, attorney Michael Gilfix presented a program on Preventing Elder Financial Abuse on July 16 at a national Symposium. It was the annual conference of Wealth Counsel, a leading estate planning organization that is nationally known and respected. His session was titled “Our Population is Aging: Is Your Practice Prepared?” It addressed two crucial areas. The first part of the program was about marketing to the Boomer population. In the second part, Gilfix spoke about how to give the Boomer population what they want — independence and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2015 – Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark R. Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates have co-authored an article about estate planning and taxation in the September 2015 issue of the prestigious Trusts & Estates magazine. In the feature titled “A New Paradigm: Truly Multigenerational Planning,” they present a novel and innovative approach for estate planning with the aim to “help families achieve a diversity of shared goals.” The article suggests a new paradigm in which multiple generations of a family actively participate in planning. The essentials of estate planning — including […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – With the Supreme Court’s landmark June 26 ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, same-sex couples should consider what the decision means for their financial and estate planning strategies for the future. Married same-sex couples will now be able to take advantage of all the financial benefits that have been available to other married couples for years, such as health insurance, Social Security and retirement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is life-changing for same-sex couples as it has leveled the playing field for all married couples when it comes to […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – The growing life settlement industry offers to buy life insurance policies and continue to pay the premiums in full, in order to help clients cover the cost of long-term care. “Many people are overwhelmed by long-term care costs, which are not covered by typical health insurance plans,” said Michael Gilfix, an elder law attorney in Palo Alto. “Life settlement firms offer to help, but the industry is still relatively small and not rigorously regulated.” By selling one’s policy to a life settlement company, it is possible to get cash flow […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2015 – On January 1, 2015, a new federal law took effect, authorizing states to establish a new kind of tax-favored savings account for some special needs individuals. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act created an account for special needs individuals that is similar, in some ways, to a 529 college savings account. A 529 ABLE account will allow special needs individuals and their families to save up to $100,000, which can be used for some living expenses, while still allowing the individual to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2015 – According to estate planning professionals, an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals are limiting how much money they leave to their children. The most famous example of this might be Warren Buffet, who has said publicly that he does not want to leave his children so much money that they do not need to do anything with their lives. Similarly, Bill Gates has said that he plans to donate almost all of his multi-billion dollar fortune to charity, leaving about $10 million to each of his three children. Estate planning attorney […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes a transformation in estate planning for individuals or couples who have significant assets, but who are not subject to the federal estate tax. With a federal estate tax exemption set at more than $5 million per individual — a figure set to rise — tax reporter Laura Saunders says that capital gains taxes are now the driving concern in estate planning for many affluent Americans. “Saunders is absolutely right to point out that, particularly for Californians, capital gains taxes can pose […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that inherited IRA accounts are not protected in bankruptcy as regular retirement accounts are. According to estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, this is just one of the many reasons that anyone with a significant IRA account should look into the idea of setting up a trust as the beneficiary of an IRA account. “Designating a trust for an IRA account is not for everyone,” Gilfix explained, “but it could be of great benefit to […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – Michael Gilfix is a featured panelist at an upcoming Bay Area event focused on helping families ensure supported housing for their adult children with autism. The event, hosted by the Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area, is titled “A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” The day-long event will take place at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood City on October 24. Gilfix will take part in a panel discussion on “retention of family property and collaborative purchase of homes for grown […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – Estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix addressed growing concerns about Medi-Cal asset recovery in a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Last week, a bill designed to scale down Medi-Cal’s asset recovery programs was passed unanimously by the California State Assembly. Nonetheless, many in the state — including Sacramento insiders — fear that Governor Jerry Brown may veto the bill, according to the Mercury News. But Gilfix pointed out that there are still practical solutions for those who wish to access Medi-Cal benefits while preserving their estates, even if […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – Michael Gilfix was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding unexpected estate claims by Medi-Cal and the ways families can protect themselves. On August 24, 2014, the Chronicle published an exposé on the recent expansion of Medi-Cal’s little-known estate recovery program. According to reporter Kathleen Pender, the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded the number of Medi-Cal recipients subject to estate recovery. Medi-Cal has long conducted a limited program that allows it to claim and recover assets from the estates of some deceased Medi-Cal recipients. However, as Pender pointed […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – Families with a disabled child, parent or other relative face incredibly difficult challenges. They struggle to ensure that their disabled loved one lives a happy and comfortable life. As such, parents especially worry about how their disabled child’s needs will be met after they are gone. A special needs trust is a powerful estate planning tool that may provide peace of mind to any family struggling with these issues. On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Gilfix and La Poll Associates presents the 10th Annual Community Special Needs Trust Seminar. Nationally recognized […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2013 – A prominent estate planning attorney says digital assets need to be considered as part of estate planning. “In today’s world, many people own significant assets that exist only in digital form, whether it is currency such as Bitcoin or items of sentimental value such as family photos,” said Palo Alto estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix. “There needs to be a plan to pass these assets on to one’s heirs.” Gilfix said that online assets may also include such items as PayPal accounts, frequent flyer miles, iTunes libraries, online gaming accounts […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – A prominent estate planning attorney says that autumn is the season to take stock of one’s retirement savings. “As we draw close to the end of the year, it is a good time to think about whether your retirement savings plan is on track,” said Michael Gilfix. For many people, a 401(k) is a key part of their retirement savings plan. If an employer matches contributions, then it is a good idea to contribute at least the amount that will be matched. But according to Gilfix, one may want to […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – Noted estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix is booked to speak at a comprehensive seminar on Asset Protection & Long-Term Care planning this August in Palo Alto, CA. The public is invited to attend. Michael Gilfix, of Gilfix and La Poll, a leader in estate planning, tax planning, Medi-Cal planning, and special needs planning, is to speak about asset protection and long-term care planning. Topics covered will include Medi-Cal Planning, asset protection with focus on your residence, Veterans Administration benefits, and dynasty trusts. An invaluable book by Michael Gilfix, “Special Needs […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2013 – Estate planning is widely seen as a smart move for higher income households, but individuals at all income levels may benefit. The close of 2012 was unusually busy for estate planning attorneys as they worked with clients to implement new or updated estate plans in advance of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), to be enacted January 2, 2013. The ATRA was expected to reduce gift and estate tax exemptions to $1 million, but it ended up not reducing exemption amounts after all. “Regardless of the amount of your estate, […]


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