The field of elder law deals with all of the legal subjects that affect people as they age. If you do not pay attention to legal details as you get older, then your family’s assets and their future could be exposed to problems. While the field of practice is called elder law, there are many good reasons why people of all ages should be seeing an elder law attorney. (more…)
When you or someone you love need to be transitioned to an assisted living facility, one of the first things that needs to be done is apply to Medicaid. Medicaid can provide financial assistance in paying the monthly fees. Medicaid looks back at the last five years of your financial transactions and your current financial situation. This is done to determine how much of your assets can be liquidated and used to pay for your long-term care needs. Before you apply for Medicaid, there are ways to protect those assets under the laws of the state of Florida.
Medicaid planning is not something that starts the moment you decide that you or a loved one need to go into an assisted living facility. It is a process that should start years before that. It should include regular updates to reflect changes in your life. The residents of Bonita Springs have some very comfortable assisted living facilities to choose from. Every Bonita Springs resident needs to utilize a Medicaid planning checklist. This will make sure they get the assisted living facility of their choice.
Making the transition to an assisted living facility is not always easy. People who were used to being able to live on their own and manage their own affairs have to get used to having everything taken care of for them. The state of Florida protects the rights of Marco Island residents. The state has laws in place that are designed to allow assisted living residents to live with dignity and respect. An elder law attorney can assist any family that is reaching the point of having to put a loved one into an assisted living facility.
Every state has its own set of probate laws that govern how an estate is established, maintained, and administered. The probate court sets up the rules for estate planning. Then, all of the paperwork involving the estate of someone who has recently passed on has to be reviewed. It must be approved by the probate court before the estate can be closed.
A health care proxy is an extremely important document. Every Bonita Springs resident should have it on file with their estate planning lawyer. It is a document that most people do not start hearing about until they either get older or experience a serious medical situation. However, it is something everyone should have. (more…)
In Naples, Florida, a semi-private room in an assisted living facility costs approximately $8,220.00 per month. When a family talks to an elder law professional about caring for an elderly family member, the costs of assisted living can become a focal part of the conversation. Considerations should be made for paying for assisted living. Whether someone in the family has been given guardianship of an elderly family member or not. (more…)
When a will is admitted to a probate court, it goes through a rigorous review process before being deemed legitimate. Any mention of elder law issues or guardianship arrangements are given strong scrutiny. During that process, family members or any one else who feels the will is not legal can challenge it. It takes time and resources to challenge a will. However, it can be worth it if you feel that the deceased’s estate is being threatened in some way. There are many reasons a probate court will accept for contesting a will. (more…)
A will is a dynamic legal document that needs to accurately reflect your life and your wishes. As life moves on, things change and that means that your will should change to. If you do not have a will, then you should get one immediately. If you do have a will, then there are many reasons why you should spend time with your estate planning professional updating your will and making necessary changes. (more…)
Medicaid has many rules when it comes to qualifying for nursing home coverage. An elder law professional can help to explain the different guidelines Medicaid has created that determine eligibility for nursing home care. If you have been named in a guardianship arrangement for an elderly loved one, then you need to become familiar with these rules and check to see if your loved one qualifies for coverage. But there is also a Medicaid penalty called the “look-back” penalty that can have a serious financial effect on your family. (more…)