If you are a wartime veteran who has 90 days of active duty, one day of that time beginning or ending during a period of war, you may be eligible for Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits. A surviving spouse who was married at the time of the veteran’s death may also be eligible for these benefits. There are both medical and financial qualifications that determine eligibility. Our Huntersville veterans aid and attendance attorneys can explain what you need to know in order to avoid making … [Read more...] about Huntersville Veterans Aid and Attendance Attorneys Can Protect Your Benefits
One things to keep in mind when you are budgeting for your elder years is the high and ever-rising cost of long-term care. Unfortunately many people don't give it a lot of thought, and there are a couple of different reasons for this. First, some assume that Medicare will pick up all of their health care expenses once they reach the age of eligibility. The reality is that Medicare does not pay for long-term care. Another common misconception is that most people are not going to need long-term … [Read more...] about Medicaid May Be Targeted By “Super Committee”
Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it does not plan to implement the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act at the present time. The CLASS Act was intended to act as a federal insurance program for long-term care, particularly in nursing facilities. The enacting legislation requires HHS to determine that the program will be self-sustaining (that is, it will pay for itself) before going into effect. Because HHS was not convinced that … [Read more...] about CLASS Act on Hold
Sometimes, our clients aren’t sure that they should be in an estate planning attorney’s office. They are unsure what an estate planning attorney really does and think estate planning is just for people named Gates, Kennedy, and Rockefeller. In truth, absolutely everyone needs a strong, comprehensive, individualized, up-to-date estate plan. Bottom line: An estate planning attorney helps people protect themselves, their family, and their assets. They help people just like you carry out their … [Read more...] about What Does an Estate Planning Attorney Do?
We often have elderly clients and their adult children come into our office with the fear, “Will I lose everything to the nursing home? Fortunately, there are often options to alleviate this fear and protect assets. Ryan and his elderly father, John, age 71, come into the office for a Medicaid/nursing home consultation. John is still living independently but is concerned about his future. He doesn’t want to be a burden on Ryan and his sisters and he doesn’t want to spend any more of his … [Read more...] about Will I Lose Everything to the Nursing Home?