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Granny cams enable family members to install recording devices in nursing homes and similar facilities in order to protect their loved ones from neglect or abuse by the caregivers. There are certain legal standards in monitoring your loved one when they reside in a nursing home or similar care facility. Generally, when a person has capacity to make their own decisions, then that person can consent to the surveillance being set up in their residence. Likewise, a Guardian may authorize electronic monitoring. Some states, such as Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma and New Mexico have enacted granny cam statutes that permit recording in certain circumstances. If no state law exists in your state, then ...
Presently, a Special Needs Trust (SNT) is the only vehicle for a person on benefits to have more than $2,000 in cash and still maintain their Social Security and Medicaid benefits. For smaller amounts of money, creating a SNT may not  be cost effective. The good news! September of 2014, Congress created a new less expensive alternative through the ABLE Act. Money can be put into an ABLE account under specific circumstances and the person can keep their benefits. The bad news: As of June 2014 Arizona has not proposed legislation to allow the creation of ABLE accounts. BUT we expect it will happen. We love new options. Unfortunately, the Act is more re ...

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