December 6, 2019

Over the past five years, one of the most disturbing violations of state and federal laws has been the increase in discrimination against Medi-Cal beneficiaries who need nursing home care.

Call a nursing home and tell them that your mother, a Medi-Cal beneficiary, has d...

November 13, 2018

The 2019 Spousal Impoverishment Rates Are:

Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,160.50

Community Spouse Resources: Maximum Resource Standard $126,420.00

October 25, 2018

SB 909, Hertzberg. Uniform Trust Decanting Act.

Existing law regulates trust administration and generally requires a trustee to administer the trust according to the trust instrument. Under existing law, a trustee may exercise specified powers without court authorizatio...

October 18, 2018

On September 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published its final rules amending 38 CFR Part 3, regarding net worth, asset transfers and income exclusions for needs-based benefits.  These new regulations will become effective October 18, 2018 and will...

October 15, 2018

On September 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an order approving new Rules of Professional Conduct, which are effective on November 1, 2018. The current rules remain in effect until that date.

The new rules can be found at:

August 9, 2018

The State of California made changes to its Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Laws effective January 1, 2017.

The current rules are not easy to find as they are in the current recovery regulations (as modified by SB 833), and approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser...

October 25, 2017

Cite as E067316

Filed October 12, 2017, Fourth District, Div. Two

Anthony Carter, 78, named Maxine Stewart as his agent for health care. After being admitted to the St. Mary Medical Center, Carter was advised, inter alia, that he should be placed in hospice care, receive...

October 13, 2017

Filed October 5, 2017, Second District, Div. Five

Allyne Urick created a trust and named her two children, Willis and Dana, and Dana’s son, Trentyn, as the primary beneficiaries. After Allyne died, Dana filed a petition to reform the trust on the grounds that the drafti...

July 17, 2017

Ratner & Pinchman, PC is pleased to announce that Steven M. Ratner has been appointed to The California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization: Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission.

This advisory commission is charged with the development and grad...

July 10, 2017

The looming Senate vote this week on its draconian health care bill could have a devastating impact on hundreds of thousands of Californians who rely on Medi-Cal to pay for nursing home care, in-home care and other types of long-term care services. If passed, the bill...

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