Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive a 2 Percent Increase in 2018 In 2018, Social Security recipients will get their largest cost of living increase in benefits since 2012, but the additional income will likely be largely eaten up by higher Medicare Part B premiums. Cost of living increases are tied to the consumer price index, and an upturn in inflation rates and gas prices means recipients get a small boost in 2018, amounting to $27 a month for the typical retiree. The 2 percent [...]


How Can the Court Find That My Income for Child Support Is More than I Actually Earn? Thinking of taking a lower paying job or leaving your job to attempt to avoid child support? Think again. The Court does not just look at your current income on your pay stub or recent W-2 statement. The Court digs deeper than that. How much child support you owe depends on a parent’s ability to provide support, rather than looking at strict income numbers. A Judge or Support Magistrate has the power to [...]


Most Popular Questions Asked of the Attorney for Child (AFC) - Custody and Visitation Matters I have been on the Attorney for Child (AFC) panel in four different counties throughout upstate New York, and regardless of the county, the questions remain the same. Hopefully this article will be a good resource to anyone who has just had an AFC assigned in their family court or divorce matter. Why does my child have an Attorney? The AFC is assigned by the Court to make sure the children have a [...]


How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes What happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you can reverse those surcharges. Higher-income Medicare beneficiaries (individuals who earn more than $85,000) pay higher Part B and prescription drug benefit premiums than lower-income Medicare beneficiaries. The extra amount the beneficiary owes increases as the [...]


The median cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $97,455 a year, up 5.5 percent from 2016, according to Genworth's 2017 Cost of Care survey, which the insurer conducts annually. Genworth reports that the median cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is $85,775, up 4.44 percent from 2016. The rise in prices is much larger than the 1.24 percent and 2.27 percent gains, respectively, in 2016. The price rise was slightly less for assisted living facilities, [...]


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