GIVE IT AWAY

GIVE IT AWAY

Give It Away. December 2018. By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. Mom and Susan flanked the lawyer, who addressed Mom: “If I recall correctly, Susan and I had discussed making sure you qualify for Medicaid by giving some of your investment real estate to the kids. Is that what you want to talk about?” Susan assented, “Mom and I talked, and she agreed that the nursing home shouldn’t have everything.  She said she and Dad had worked hard to get what...

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CONSTRUCTING A PLAN

CONSTRUCTING A PLAN

By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. May 2018. Our last installment ended with our intrepid caregiver, Elizabeth, lamenting, “That’s what scares me.  Who can help me put together a plan?” Her attorney nodded.  “It is a scary situation.  The thought of your mother coming home from rehab to an apartment that she can’t access, living alone there with your father who has become unable to handle life’s realities, is frightening.” Elizabeth...

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THE SANDWICH SHOP

THE SANDWICH SHOP

By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. April 2018. The attorney’s phone rang. He activated his headset, “This is Tim.” “Good morning! This is Elizabeth Johnson. I need to talk to you. It’s about my parents. My mother fell last night, and was taken to a local hospital with a broken hip. She hit her head, too, when she fell. My dad is upset, and not making much sense.” They met a couple of hours later. “I’m sorry about your folks!” “Thank...

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MEET THE JOHNSONS

MEET THE JOHNSONS

By Timothy S. Barkley, Sr. March 2018. The bell on the outside doorknob jangled, startling the attorney out of his reverie. It had been a long day, and there was another client appointment pending. He straightened, stretched and strode to the waiting room. A middle-aged couple stood waiting there. He held out his hand, introducing himself. They reciprocated, “Albert Johnson, but you can call me Bertie.” “Elizabeth Johnson, and please...

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THE NURSING HOME

THE NURSING HOME

The bill from the nursing home is enormous. In Maryland it averages about $8,000 per month, or about $100,000 per year.

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