What is Elder Law?

Are you currently a caregiver? If yes, you know how much time and energy goes into caring for a sick or disabled person. It is difficult to formulate a concrete definition of elder law, but many attorneys agree that elder law can best be defined by the type of client an attorney serves—the elderly and the disabled. Elder law is knowing about the laws needed to primarily help seniors who are sick or disabled obtain long-term care services at home or in a nursing home, paid for by the government so they do not need to burden their families with the exorbitant cost of such care. More specifically, we utilize these laws to devise a plan to:

  • Preserve and distribute assets to loved ones
  • Plan for incapacity
  • Manage finances and make health care decisions
  • Prepare for possible long-term care costs
  • Qualify for public benefits such as Community Care (home care) and Chronic Care (nursing home) Medicaid

Elder law encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness and incapacity. In many cases we can achieve Medicaid eligibility with very little loss of assets or income to the Medicaid recipient. But every situation is unique, so our firm will discuss your individual long-term care needs and devise a plan based upon your particular circumstances. Be sure to click on our “FAQ’s” page to get a more detailed description of some of the documents we utilize in Elder Law.

What is Medicaid Planning?

Medicaid will pay for the costs of long-term care at your home or in a nursing home if you are eligible. However, Medicaid has a complex set of eligibility rules that are based on a person’s income and assets. A plan developed by someone who does not know the ins and outs of the Medicaid rules can jeopardize your house, savings, and income. In order to prevent this from happening, it is critical for an Elder Law attorney to develop a thorough Medicaid plan for you before applying for benefits.

The eligibility requirements of Medicaid are complicated and constantly changing. Since Medicaid is so complex, there are many risks for people who may decide to put off developing/executing a Medicaid pre-plan.

Our staff is well versed in the numerous eligibility requirements associated with Medicaid. We will meet with you and prepare a comprehensive evaluation of your financial situation. A good pre-plan can be designed to preserve, to the maximum extent possible, your assets for your family members.

We can also assist you with completing the required documents to successfully apply for Medicaid benefits. Be sure to click on our “FAQ’s” page to get a more detailed description of some of the documents we utilize in Elder Law.