Elder law encompasses many facets of legal assistance for elder or disabled populations, including issues related to health care, long-term care planning, guardianship and conservatorship, retirement, Social Security retirement benefits, and Medicare/Medicaid. Most think of the latter, and with good reason.
Paying for Nursing Home Care
Saving enough money to pay for nursing home care is a practical impossibility for many older people and may make reliance on Medicaid necessary. Planning for Medicaid qualification involves difficult decisions as well as complex and ever-changing rules. However, planning opportunities do exist and early planning is essential to maximize the options available to you. We can guide you through the daunting process and find solutions that work for you.
As the cost of long-term care continues to skyrocket, clients are increasingly seeking advice about how to protect their family’s ability to continue living in the community when a family member needs long-term care.
Application and Eligibility
Medicaid eligibility rules are complex and constantly changing, resulting in traps for the ill-prepared. We assist clients and their families to evaluate their circumstances and maximize their ability to preserve assets and prevent spousal impoverishment.
Estate Recovery in Michigan
Once a person qualifies for Medicaid services to pay for nursing home care, their probate estate is subject to reimbursing the State of Michigan for the cost of those services provided during that person’s lifetime. Again, planning in advance of admission into a nursing home can reduce or eliminate the effect of this program on their estate.