Dear Family, Friends & Colleagues,


This month's newsletter begins with a summary of Indiana's Prescription Assistance Program, the Indiana Drug Card. This program can provide individuals without prescription drug insurance or who require a drug not covered by their prescription drug insurance with valuable prescription drug discounts.

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Elder Law News from Severns & Stinson

     June 2012

Severns & Stinson. P.C.           Scott R. Severns 
10293 N. Meridian Street            Jeffery D. Stinson 
Suite 150                                   Anna M. Howard Indianapolis, Indiana  46290        
(317) 817-0300                            
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In This Issue
Receive Prescription Drug Savings with the Free Indiana Drug Card
Who Gets Access to Your Online Accounts After Your Die?
Provision in Will to Kill the Cat Found Invalid
Quick Links

Should Seniors Live Alone or With Family 

Firm Spotlight
Anna Howard

Severns & Stinson's associate attorney,Anna Howard, recently attended a seminar entitled, "Medicaid in Indiana for the Elderly and Disabled."


For the past two and one-half years, Anna has focused a majority of her attention on firm litigation.  This summer, she will begin to expend more time on other firm matters, including Medicaid and asset protection planning. 


Anna enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and son, Scotty; and looks forward to her summer vacation in the northeast.

If you answer yes to any of these questions, Severns & Stinson can help.

-Has a family member been diagnosed with a mentally or physically debilitating disorder such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, stroke or a decline in functional capacity?

-Is a family member isolated due to the recent death of a spouse, or have family that either lives too far away or is too busy to provide adequate care?

-Is a family member soon to be discharged into a care facility or currently receiving in-home care?

-Does a family member have a variety of healthcare providers and need coordination and advocacy for quality care?

-Does a family member seem unusually concerned about costs of medication and services, indicating he or she may be having financial troubles?

-Does a family member have assets that fall between $50,000 and $400,000 - enough to finance a short stay in a care facility but not enough for an extended stay?

-Does a family member have a spouse whose financial needs must be considered in light of a family member's medical condition?
Did you receive this from a friend? 

Receive Prescription Drug Savings with the FREE Indiana Drug Card 


by Jeffery D. Stinson, CELA*  


All Indiana Residents are eligible to get pharmacy discounts through Indiana's Prescription Assistance Program entitled, the "Indiana Drug Card."  


The Indiana Drug Card is a free statewide prescription program that gives Hoosiers discounts on medications. There are no restrictions on receiving the drug card, no enrollment forms to complete, and no claim forms to file.


The cards are accepted at over 56,000 pharmacy locations nationwide and offer an average savings of 30 percent with some drugs discounted as much as 75 percent.  Read on

Who Gets Access to Your Online Accounts After You Die?


You may have a plan for what to do with your physical belongings after you die, but what about your online accounts? In today's social media-dominated world, a person's digital presence lives on online even after he or she is gone. But who has the right to access those accounts? States have begun addressing this issue with new digital access laws.


Under current Facebook policy, if an account member dies, Facebook will remove the account at the request of family or put it into "memorial status," but it is very difficult for family members to get access to the account itself.  Read on

Provision in Will to Kill the Cat Found Invalid 


A Chicago judge has reversed a death sentence that has been hanging over Boots the cat for months.  The feline's owner, Georgia Lee Dvorak, died last Christmas Eve at age 76.  Dvorak left no survivors, and her will, written in 1988, included a provision directing that any cat or cats she owned at the time of her death be euthanized "in a painless, peaceful manner." 


But trust officers at Fifth Third Bank, which was appointed to manage Dvorak's $1.4 million estate, were reluctant to follow through on the will's terms when it came to Boots, age 11.  

Read on


About Our Law Firm
Severns & Stinson, P.C. is a law firm focused on the needs of families confronting issues with health care. We have a special emphasis on long term care issues -- an emphasis that has come to be known as "elder law." Our firm consists of five attorneys and two paraprofessionals.
Our services include the following:
  • Asset Protection & Long Term Care Planning
  • Medicaid Planning, Applications and Appeals
  • Medicare Consultation and Advocacy
  • Estate Planning 
  • "Making It Last"™ - Supplemental Needs Trusts and Asset Protection for Persons with Disabilities
  • Response Team Building - Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Declarations and Other Advance Directives
  • Guardianships and Probate Administration
  • Patients Rights and Care Advocacy.
Severns & Stinson. P.C.
10293 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, Indiana 46290