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May 7, 2020

Stimulus Check: Does it Affect Medicaid, and What if the Recipient is Deceased?

By now, many people have received the Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) from the IRS.  This has raised two big questions for our clients: 1. Will this payment affect my SSI or Medicaid benefits? 2. What if the payment was received by a deceased person? 1.  Will the stimulus check affect my SSI or Medicaid […]
March 5, 2020

Less Taxing IRS Forms for Seniors

Nobody likes tax season, but tax time can especially be a struggle for seniors needing to file an income tax return. For many seniors, the cost of paying a tax preparer can be overwhelming, and the tax forms are not necessarily easy to read or complete without the help of a computer or a professional […]
February 27, 2020

Taps & Sutton named #20 on the Law Firms: Central Ohio Largest Family Law Practices

On February 7, 2020, Columbus Business First published its Law Firms: Largest Central Ohio Family Law Practices list. As the list states, family law often refers to divorce and custody issues. However, Columbus Business First incorporates other issues, including “adoptions, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, elder law, probate and estate planning.” Taps & Sutton is honored […]
December 26, 2019

Updating Your Estate and Retirement Plans After the SECURE Act

This week, the SECURE Act passed and will bring changes to how you plan for your heirs and for your retirement. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020. This article provides a good summary of the changes included in the SECURE Act. Here is a quick outline of those changes: The required minimum distribution […]
December 19, 2019

Seniors May Want to Add Apple AirPods to their Christmas Wishlist

Though it may seem an unlikely gift for seniors, Apple AirPods offer a little-known feature to amplify sound.  The function – called Live Listen – can serve as a low-grade hearing aid.  Taps & Sutton recently became aware of this feature when one of our clients used this feature during a meeting at our office. […]
December 2, 2019
Richard Taps selected to Super Lawyers list and Maggie Sutton selected to Rising Stars list

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 Rafferty 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 […]