Medicaid Increases Spousal Asset Limit

If a person applies for long term care Medicaid (such as in a nursing home or assisted living facility), and his spouse still lives independently in the community, then even though the Medicaid applicant must have assets under $2,000, the community spouse may be able to keep some of the couple’s assets.  The … Continue reading

Medicaid Gifts, Look Back Period, and Nursing Home & Assisted Living Long Term Care

Long term care can be provided in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or at home with aides.  While each setting has its advantages and drawbacks, they all have high cost in common.  With care often costing over $10,000 per month long term care could wipe out your life savings.  … Continue reading

Scared, Stressed and Exhausted: What I Learned from My Elder Law Experience

Recently, I had to take a family member to the hospital for what turned out to be a long-term stay.  From there, my family member was transferred to in-patient rehabilitative care, for an even longer stay. Eventually, my family member was discharged and returned home.  Many of my clients experience … Continue reading

How does the Presidential Election Affect Special Needs Law?

The President of the United States is the leader, executive and commander in chief of the most powerful nation in human history.  Who serves as president, and the policies and vision he or she brings to the job, directly affects your life in myriad ways.  You can find some of … Continue reading

Planning Now Can Yield Dramatic Savings inTax and Long Term Care Costs Later

It’s not often that you can save a great deal later by spending a little now.  Yet that is the case when it comes to wills, trusts, and estate and long term care planning.  To understand why, you need to know a few basic concepts. Estate Planning Your estate will … Continue reading

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