The concerns elderly Americans have over issues such as nursing home care, Medicaid and Social Security have made elder law one of the fastest growing and rapidly changing areas of legal practice today. Careful planning cannot only ensure the kind and quality of nursing care you want, it can keep long-term care costs from depleting your entire estate. Our lawyers can show you how, offering effective guidance and comprehensive legal services for elder law-related issues. These include:
- Medicaid planning
- Long-term care planning
- Long-term care insurance
- Durable powers of attorney
- Asset protection
- Wealth transfer planning
- Inheritance and estate tax planning
How to avoid the recovery claims of Medicaid providers.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Public Welfare administers Medicaid benefits. Unlike with Medicare, these state benefits and services can come at a heavy price. Essentially, once the person who received the benefits dies (the spouse too, if married), the Department of Public Welfare can make what is known as an estate recovery claim against his/her estate for the value of what has been provided. This can significantly reduce the estate and leave little or nothing for beneficiaries. Avoiding recovery claims or a government spend-down of assets requires proper planning with regard to Medicaid’s 5-year look-back period.
The attorneys at MPL Law Firm can set up transfers, annual and one-time gifting exceptions and provide other effective strategies to preserve your eligibility for benefits and protect your assets at the same time.