How old do I have to be to call an Elder Law Attorney?
What does Elder Law mean, and why should I engage it?
Some people pigeonhole Elder Law as “Medicaid Planning.” While Medicaid Planning is a component, Elder Law is more.
In the larger sense, it often includes Guardianship, Special Needs Planning, Long-Term Care Planning, and associated Powers of Attorney.
Often times, a client engages an attorney in reaction to an issue with a spouse, parent, or other family member. However, pro-active Elder Law plans can alleviate challenges a person faces when an issue comes out of the blue, which causes an extended stay in a nursing home or rehab center.
The key elements of Elder Law plans are proper documents that appoint decision-makers. Two of those documents are a Financial (or Durable) Power of Attorney, and the other is a Medical Power of Attorney. (See You’ve Got the Power with a Power of Attorney). Additionally, a proper plan assesses asset types, values, and how they are owned. Indiana allows certain assets to be protected from spend-down before Medicaid contributes to long-term care expenses. Spouses enjoy higher levels of protection with Spousal Impoverishment Protection rules.
Many people have heard stories of houses lost to the government, or nursing homes taking all of a person’s money. The Five-Year Look-back and gifting rules add more confusion. There are solutions that allow you to stay in charge and to control how to spend funds.
To learn more about things you can do to stay ahead of future challenges, meet with RG Skadberg, an Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney with CCSK Law. To schedule your complimentary, 30-minute consultation, complete the form to the right or call – (219) 200-3902.