Estate Planning for Seniors with Special Needs

By |April 24th, 2017|

Developmental Disabilities on the Rise

What kind of preparations are important to make for aging adults with developmental disabilities? Because we’re seeing more children in these situations, we also expect to see adults, and aging adults with special needs.

With autism, for example, reported to be on the rise, it’s a good thing that more is known […]

“Mom, What Does Irrevocable Mean?”

By |December 1st, 2015|

Kids sometimes ask the strangest things, especially after watching TV ads.

Eight year old Sally was watching TV one lazy Sunday morning when an interview aired between a local estate planning attorney and a news reporter. The topic was the irrevocable trust, a term Sally had never heard before.

So she asked the smartest person she knew.

“Mom, […]

What Happens to Your Family When You Die

By |November 2nd, 2015|

Everyone who knew Sam said, “He’s a great guy.” Sam was one of those people who seemed able to talk himself out of just about any situation. But when Sam suddenly passed away, his family found themselves with a mess on their hands, and no amount of talking would save them from spending an inordinate […]

Eric Knew His Dad Shouldn’t Be Driving…

By |October 6th, 2015|

It was late when the phone rang, but Eric knew from the tone of his father’s voice that the news was not good.

“What is it, Dad?” Eric asked, afraid to hear the answer.

“Eric, I’ve had a car accident. I’m fine, but there is some damage.”

“Dad! That’s your 3rd accident in two months!” Eric blurted out, […]

Elder Abuse: How to Spot It, How to Stop It

By |September 15th, 2014|

When Linda (not her real name) arrives at the nursing home for her weekly visit with her mother, she is surprised to find her sleeping. In the middle of the day? Rousing Mom, Linda helps her walk from the bed to the chair, taking notice of her frailty.

“Mom, have you been eating?”, Linda asks.

Refusing to […]

Understanding Dementia, and Planning for It

By |July 25th, 2014|

Dementia is a general term referring to a broad range of symptoms affecting memory and thinking. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60-80% of all dementia cases. Some may use the word “senility” to describe an individual with short-term memory loss, but this is inaccurate, because senility refers to mental […]

When Dementia Emerges

By |July 15th, 2014|

After Mary’s father was admitted to the hospital, Mary visited her mother at home. It wasn’t long before she noticed things weren’t quite right. On the coffee table was a stack of unopened mail and bills, some past due. Her parents had never missed a bill payment! The refrigerator was nearly bare. What had they […]

Can Medicaid Take Your House? Get Prepared Now

By |June 18th, 2012|

By Brian G. Quinn

Can Medicaid take your house? This is a question that one of my clients recently asked me after receiving a letter from the State Medicaid department.  My client’s father had a stroke several years ago that left him in a nursing home.  He quickly ran through his assets, and applied for Medicaid.  When they applied, the family informed Medicaid that their father still owned his house, and they were assured the home would not be counted as an asset for qualification purposes.

The Medicaid Story Gets Tricky

Her father was approved for benefits and Medicaid paid for his nursing home until his death.  After he died, however, the family discovered that the Medicaid department planned on placing a lien on the family home for the benefits they had paid out.


Veterans Benefits for Long Term Care

By |November 23rd, 2011|

By Brian G. Quinn

“ATTENTION VETERANS: Qualifying Veterans May Receive Up to $23,396* per year to help pay for Home Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Services, etc.” said an advertisement in a recent addition of the local newspaper.  This advertisement was talking about a little known benefit through the Department of Veterans Affairs known as the VA Pension with Aid and Attendance.

As an elder law attorney who is an accredited attorney with the VA, I have seen how the benefit can help families who are facing a long term care crisis.  In fact, my grandfather is a recipient of the VA benefits.  The benefit is available to both qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses.  This program is designed to supplement the income of elderly and/or disabled veterans who gave up career opportunities to serve their country during a time of war. […]

How do I avoid paying everything I own to the nursing home?

By |November 22nd, 2011|

By Brian G. Quinn

How do I avoid paying everything I own to the nursing home is a question I am asked by many of my clients either as they begin the process of looking at long term care options, or as a family member begins looking at the long term care process.  While each client’s situation is different, the issues contained in this question are addressed by the field of elder law.