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The Season of Thankfulness: Just Now or Year Round?

This has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Weather is cooling off, even here in Florida, and the humidity is dropping. In Tampa Bay we made it through another summer and almost past another hurricane season. Students are settled back in school and snowbirds are beginning to return. (Yes, the traffic will get heavier, but that’s a small price to pay.) Best of all, it’s Thanksgiving season.

No matter how had the retail industry tries, they aren’t that successful at commercializing Thanksgiving. True, a lot of extra food is sold and Black Friday is now squeezed to the night before, but overall the holiday hasn’t been destroyed. It’s still Thanksgiving.

As I take time to reflect on the year and make my list of things to be thankful for, I realize that my list is long. It includes each of my family and friends, my home, that I have a roof over my head, and my health. I am particularly grateful for my profession as a lawyer in elder law.

I’m grateful for everyone here at Hill Law Group. Not only do they work hard to make sure our clients are well served, they make me look good! I am also grateful for those who’ve worked with us and moved on. Each of them has contributed to who we are today.

I am particularly glad that this list of gratitude includes you!
You, our clients, without whom we wouldn’t be here. Even more, you enrich our days.
You, our clients’ families and loved ones, who make it possible for us to serve some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We see how you care.
You, our referrals, who have trusted us enough to refer others to our firm. Goodness, you have made a difference! It is truly a humbling honor to have someone referred to us.
You, our colleagues in other specialties and industries, who serve our clients in different ways. Nothing is more frustrating than not having a place to refer someone who needs help. You make a difference for us. We are so grateful you are out there and we are able to confidently share your names.
This past year I learned about businesses that share gratitude during their meetings. It only takes a few minutes and they claimed to enjoy great benefits from the practice. So, at Hill Law Group we took it to the next level. We jumped on the wagon and now share our grateful thoughts in our meetings. Already, I believe we’re all just a little bit happier and maybe even a little more effective. I would most certainly recommend this practice for any business or individual.

As my thankfulness list gets longer, my stresses fade and worries weaken. Life feels better and I am more able to focus on the task at hand. So, I’ve determined that I will continue focusing on gratefulness long after this wonderful season is over. I hope you will do the same!

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ENTERING A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY?

DON’T JUST SIGN THAT CONTRACT!

It seems that almost every day we are confronted with the need to sign some sort of agreement or click through some sort of acceptance process. Each time you download an app you are required to. Accepting an airline or cruise boarding pass is often also the contract. We cannot get away from them. They are a part of our everyday life.

But, that doesn’t mean we should blindly sign agreements, especially long-term care agreements. Often we hear from client or family members about signing entrance agreements for long term care facilities – after they’ve signed. The typical story is that an employee took information, printed out a set of documents, marked them up a little, and highlighted where the person should sign. The person asked some questions and then signed without reading even one line.

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Make Tax Time Your Identity Theft Prevention Time

A few years ago the unthinkable happened to me. I went to my long-time accountant to complete my tax return and together we filed the return online. We finished up and chatted a few minutes. While I was still there, a message came back from the IRS that my return had been rejected. The message stated a return had already been filed in my name and that a refund had been issued. What? Someone scammed me, an attorney? And the IRS? You’re kidding!

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The Season for Gratitude

Already Thanksgiving is upon us! Yes, it is a truly American holiday. But, one of the things I love about Thanksgiving is that it doesn’t matter what your belief system is or where in the world you came from, you can enter in. It is all about gratitude and a little gratitude is good for us all.

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What Really is the “Five Year Lookback” for Medicaid?

Mary was concerned that she would soon need nursing home care. She did not want her funds used up in long term care expenses so she gave her only son, Joe, her life savings of $100,000. One year after giving Joe the money Mary experienced a major health crisis and needed to move into a nursing home.

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