Long-Term Care Planning, often referred to as “Medicaid Planning,” is the legal process of evaluating a clients individual needs and preparing a plan that will minimize the economic and emotional impact of placement in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. In addition, in Florida, Long-Term Care Planning may be used to help secure certain in-home services as well. Long-Term Care Planning may involve aspects of trying to secure benefits from the Medicaid Program, Veterans Benefits, long-term care insurance, Medicare and more.
Individuals are often confronted with a barrage of misinformation regarding “Medicaid Planning.” People get bombarded with terms like “spend-down,” “transfer penalty” and “look-back period,” but for many people these terms do not apply. Whether individuals receive information from internet searches, non-elder law attorneys, non-attorney “Medicaid Specialists” or from second-hand sources like the “Lady down the street who’s 3rd husband tried to get on Medicaid,” it is important to understand that Long-Term Care Planning should be handled by an attorney who specializes in the field and who can guide a client down the appropriate path, avoiding traditional legal pitfalls and who can tailor a plan for their client that meets both the immediate needs of the client and the future needs of the client’s spouse and/or loved ones. Because Medicaid is a program that has elements of both National and State Law, as well as both statutory and administrative law provisions, it is important that the individual you choose to represent you have the legal expertise and experience to stay abreast of the ever-changing laws.
At Griffin & Griffin, our attorneys keep themselves at the forefront of Long-Term Care Planning and we make use of the most current and effective legal planning and protection tools for our clients and their families. We will assist our clients in custom tailoring a plan that will provide the maximum amount of financial savings with the minimal amount of stress. By choosing our firm you can rest easy knowing that you are in safe and experienced hands.
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