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December 2, 2019

Richard Taps selected to Super Lawyers list and Maggie Sutton selected to Rising Stars list

Richard Taps has been selected to the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Maggie Sutton has been selected to the 2020 Ohio Rising Stars List. Each year, no more than […]
August 21, 2019

Richard Taps and Robert Rafftery recognized by Best Lawyers® and Taps & Sutton, LLC named a Tier 3 Columbus “Best Law Firm”

Richard Taps has again been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Elder Law. Richard has been included in the publication since 2007. Robert Rafferty has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates, and he has been included in the publication since 2006. Taps & Sutton, LLC has […]
March 7, 2019
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

“Improvement Standard” not appropriate for Medicare coverage

Many patients, and more importantly, many medical providers, still don’t know that the “improvement standard” is no longer an appropriate measure for Medicare’s coverage of skilled nursing and rehabilitative services for patients. Frequently, Medicare providers deny or stop treatment of patients who are no longer improving from therapy or skilled nursing services. This “improvement standard” […]
January 25, 2019

Winter Weather Advisory – Be Mindful of Seniors During Winter Conditions

By now, Ohioans are not surprised by the unpredictable winter weather that can blow through on any given day.  It seems like our recent fortune has brought us weather systems that dump inches of snow and ice. Though it can be a beautiful sight, snow and ice pose a risk for all of us.  Driving […]
November 30, 2018

Taps & Sutton selected as a “Best Law Firm”

Taps & Sutton is proud to announce that the firm has been selected as a “Best Law Firm” by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers.  You can view the press release and view our ranking here.  The firm name has not been updated and appears as our old name (The Law Office of Richard T. Taps).
August 13, 2018

Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Early diagnosis, treatment, and planning are important parts of managing Alzheimer’s Disease – not just for the patient and family members, but for medical professionals, as well. This article discusses a recent law passed in Massachusetts.  The new law makes Alzheimer’s diagnosis, treatment, and study a high priority throughout the state.  The law creates a […]
July 27, 2018
Family Caregivers

Family Caregivers and Medicaid

Many families intend to keep elderly loved ones out of a long-term care facility for as long as possible.  To do so, children and other relatives often provide care to the elderly person at home.  A question we frequently get from our clients and their families is: “Can my loved one pay me to provide […]
June 28, 2018
Reverse Mortgages

Reverse Mortgages: What are they and how can they be used in long-term planning?

If you watch evening television, you’ve probably seen a commercial for reverse mortgages.  Henry Winkler tells you about the great deal you can get by obtaining a reverse mortgage on your home.  Some of the claims seem to be too good to be true and people tend to be suspicious of reverse mortgages. In reality, […]
June 4, 2018
Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Young Adults

Turning 18 is a great milestone – the first steps of adulthood likely include graduating high school and heading off to college.  Young adults can vote and get into casinos.  They are also tasked with making responsible financial decisions and taking care of their health. Parents sometimes forget that all parental authority ends when the […]
May 29, 2018
VA Aid and Attendance benefits

VA Aid and Attendance benefits

Medicaid can be a great resource to help seniors pay for the cost of long-term care.  Sometimes, a couple or individual may have too much money to qualify for Medicaid or may only need a small amount of extra income to cover the cost of their care.  This is especially true if the senior is […]
May 18, 2018
Hourglass representing Simultaneous Death

Simultaneous Death

Many of us have heard the tragic story of spouses being killed in a common accident, or one spouse dying and the other following a couple days later.  Not only does the family need to grieve two losses, but the family must now handle two estates. It gets more complicated than that.  Because two people […]
May 11, 2018

Guardianships in Ohio

Most people understand the concept of a guardian when talking about minor children.  Minor children need consent from parents or their guardian to participate in sports and receive medical treatment. But beyond minor children, when is a guardianship needed?  What does the guardian of an adult do? When is a guardianship needed? In most instances, […]