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The Duties of a Guardian of a Person in Pennsylvania

Posted in Trusts & Estates

In this series of blogs with regard to guardianship in Pennsylvania, I have discussed the nature and process of guardianship of the person. The guardian of an incapacitated has general and specific legal obligations and duties to the incapacitated person. The general obligations include: bringing lawsuits on their behalf in the case of injury; assertion of the rights and interests of the incapacitated person; respect for the wishes and preferences of the incapacitated person; participation, where appropriate in the development of a plan of support services to meet the incapacitated person’s needs; and encouragement of the incapacitated person to participate in the management of his or her personal affairs, if feasible.

What is Guardianship in Pennsylvania?

Posted in Trusts & Estates

The age of majority in Pennsylvania is 18. This means that at age 18, not only can an individual legally vote and drink alcohol, he or she has the right to make legally binding decisions on his or her own behalf. This is true regardless of whether or not an individual has a disability. However, if a person is unable to make decisions for him or herself as a result of an injury or for any other reason, the court may be petitioned to judge the person to be “incapacitated” and appoint a guardian to make decisions for that person.

Medicare and Means Testing

Posted in Personal Injury, Trusts & Estates

What is “Means Testing” in terms of Medicare? “Means Testing” is the method used by Medicare to determine what you pay for your Medicare, Part B and Part D coverage. Medicare, Part B covers doctor fees, outpatient care, physical therapy and some home health care. Medicare, Part D covers prescription drugs.

Delaying Your Retirement Age

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Every year you postpone claiming your Social Security retirement benefits, up to age 70, you add 8% per year to your base amount. What does this mean? If your full Social Security retirement age is 66, and you delay receiving benefits until you are age 70, you can collect 132% of your primary amount plus the intervening annual cost-of-living adjustments.