As Elder Law attorneys, our goal is to help seniors make and implement plans that will help them live independently, with dignity, for as long as possible. We provide guidance and assistance in helping families to plan for the cost of long term health care, including the cost of nursing home care, which can exceed $8000 per month. Elder Law attorneys in Alpena MI help seniors and their families understand the confusing laws surrounding Medicaid planning.
If you or your loved one is facing an admission to a nursing home, it is very possible that you may, through proper Medicaid planning, be able to protect the assets of the individual or family and qualify for Medicaid assistance.
You may hear a lot of advice from neighbors, friends and well-meaning people who do not understand the ever-changing laws and rules governing the Medicaid program. Following that advice or trying self-help remedies can lead to financial disaster. Our attorneys and staff are highly experienced in Medicaid planning. Take the time to meet with us and find out what can be done to qualify for the benefits you or your family member deserves.
We will also take charge of preparing and submitting the Medicaid Application. This may seem like a process you could handle yourself, but we urge you not to. It is subject to very specialized rules and regulations. A mistake in the application can be very costly and create delay. It’s not a do-it-yourself project. Our attorneys and staff are trained in the process and attentive to the critical details which are part of every application.
Through proper use of Estate Planning, including Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Patient Advocate Designations, you can take important steps to plan for the possibility of future long term care and avoid the need to plan in a crisis. The U.S. Department of Health Reports that at least 70% of individuals over the age of 65 will require long term health care, yet 2/3 of people over the age of 40 don’t consider pre-planning a priority. Planning for long term care before you need it is far less costly and less difficult than leaving that task to others when you are no longer able to do so.