How To Preserve Public Benefits For an Adult Child In Divorce

Q. Our daughter is going through a divorce. She has a 19 year old son (our Grandson) who has a disability and gets both SSI and Medi-Cal. She plans to seek child support from the father. We worry that the child support will reduce our Grandson’s SSI and possibly eliminate his Medi-Cal. Is there a… Read More »

How Grandparents Helped Humans Evolve

Q. Any thoughts for Grandparents Day, which this year is September 12, 2021? A. Yes. How about this: Archaeological evidence strongly suggests that increasing lifespans, which permitted the creation of an older generation (“grandparents”), played a key role in our evolutionary success. Indeed, this phenomenon may account for why we, as Homo sapiens, replaced archaic… Read More »

How the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan Act’ Will Help Seniors

Q, I know that Congress and President Biden recently approved a new law that adds significant money into improving vaccinations and other COVID-19 outreach, but I wonder what other provisions are in the new law that might help seniors. A. Good question. The AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT of 2021 (“ARPA”), R. 1319, was narrowly passed… Read More »

What Are CUTMA Accounts?

Q.  As a grandparent, I keep hearing about CUTMA accounts, usually in discussions about gifts to grandchildren. What are they, actually? A. CUTMA is an abbreviation for “California Uniform Transfers to Minors Act” and, as you surmise, it refers to gifts made to minors. Minors cannot own property in their own name, as the law… Read More »