Successful Planning

Elder law attorneys assist individuals and families in developing estate plans to avoid depleting their assets should they become ill and need long term care. For those individuals who are already in a nursing home, elder law attorneys help them qualify for Medicaid benefits while maximizing the amount of money they are able keep. John met with his Elder Law attorney regarding his father, Dan. John had been living with his father for several years, as his father was unable to live on his own.  […]

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The Importance of Medicaid Planning From a Nursing Home’s Perspective

Many people share a common misconception that Medicaid Planning is not in the best interest of nursing homes. At the same time, many nursing homes are now recognizing that without proper Medicaid planning, some residents who have spent down all of their assets are not automatically qualified for Medicaid, leaving the nursing home with a very large, uncollectible bill. And, as many of you are aware, non-spouse family members are not responsible to pay the nursing home bill for their relative. If the resident is […]

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When is the Right Time to do Medicaid Planning?

Our office receives many calls from concerned loved ones and family members wondering if or when they should start Medicaid planning. The answer: It is never too early or too late to discuss the planning options available. Below are just two examples of the many types of calls we get where we advise clients that Medicaid planning is an option right now. Mrs. Brown is an 81-year-old widow experiencing short-term memory loss. She is still able to live alone in her own home. Her monthly […]

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Medicaid Home-Based Services and the Alzheimer’s Patient

Robert, age 79, has Alzheimer’s. He and his wife, Mildred, age  81, are Kansas residents and have struggled with his disease for years. At first, the memory loss was subtle. He would forget where he put his keys. Later, he began having trouble with the checkbook. The family doctor said it was dementia. And it was moving slowly. But as it progressed, his condition worsened to the point where he not only forgot where he put his keys…but now when he sees his keys, he is not sure what […]

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Medicaid Myths Part 2

Medicaid myths cause too many of society’s most vulnerable citizens to make mistakes that can cost them thousands of dollars or cause them to spend every last dime of their life savings before seeking help with nursing home and medication costs. That’s why we’ve again chosen to write about the common Medicaid myths we hear in the community. “I have to give away everything I own before I can get Medicaid” All Medicaid recipients are able to keep some of their assets and still qualify for benefits. […]

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