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Joseph L. Matthews, Expert


Joseph L. Matthews has been an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971. From 1975 to 1977 he taught at the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, including Social Security, Medicare, and Government Pensions; Long-Term Care: How to Plan and Pay for It; How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim; and The Lawyer Who Blew up His Desk. The original coauthor of Joseph's book on Social Security and Medicare was his mother, Dorothy, who had worked at senior centers for 25 years. Joseph then assisted her with her own care during the later years of her life, arranging her legal and financial documents and helping her move to home care and assisted living as her needs changed.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Medicare Part C — Dec 24, 2014
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How Medicaid Works — Dec 03, 2014
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CHAMPVA Medical Benefits — Nov 26, 2014
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Care Agreement — Nov 26, 2014
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Social Security Benefits — Nov 25, 2014
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Tip: 4 Cancer Screenings Medicare Will Cover — Nov 17, 2014
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If I claim Medicaid caregiver payments, will it affect my own SSI disability payments? — Nov 01, 2014
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Is someone eligible for Social Security Disability with COPD? — Nov 01, 2014
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Will I lose Medicaid if I've been denied social security disability? — Nov 01, 2014
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Can I get paid to be Dad's caregiver if I am on Social Security Disability and Medicaid? — Nov 01, 2014
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