The Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning

Elder law and estate planning serve two different — but equally vital — functions. The main difference is that elder law is focused on preserving your assets during your lifetime, while estate planning concentrates on what happens to your assets after you die.  What is Elder Law Planning? Elder law planning is concerned with ensuring […]

11 Questions to Ask an Elder Law Attorney

         Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal matters that affect older individuals. Attorneys who practice elder law advocate for seniors and execute legal plans to assist them in living better lives. Their expertise may encompass estate planning, retirement planning, Social Security planning, and long-term medical care planning. This specialty of the legal profession […]

Elder Law: Can Medicaid Take Your House?

Nursing home residents do not automatically have to sell their homes to qualify for Medicaid. However, that does not necessarily mean the house is entirely safe from estate recovery. The state will likely put a lien on the house while the resident is living and then attempt to recover the property after the resident has […]

Challenges of Long-Term Care Planning for LGBTQ+ Seniors

Aging is an inevitable reality for everyone. As part of this, many adults engage in long-term planning in anticipation of their later years. But, for many in the LGBTQ+ community, there is anxiety and trepidation over long-term planning. This is because older people in this community worry about being the subject of discrimination or inadequate […]

Key Elder Law Numbers for 2023: Annual Roundup

For quick reference, please find below the figures for 2023 that are frequently used in elder law practice that are of interest to our clients. Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2023 Medicaid Home Equity Limits Access CMS’s complete chart of the 2023 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. Income Cap The income cap (in applicable states) […]

Why Hire an Elder Law Attorney?

         Elder law attorneys may specialize in estate planning, incapacity planning, and end-of-life care for seniors. These practitioners are essential because they work to protect a vulnerable population. Seniors and their families should consider hiring an elder law attorney to plan for their future and care. How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help My Aging […]