Addressing Your Disabled Loved One’s Legal Needs

By |January 1st, 2016|

According to the Center for Persons with Disabilities, greater than one in five Americans is disabled. And while we often hear about programs to assist the disabled, little is said about addressing their legal needs. Special Needs Planning is the solution.

What is Special Needs Planning?

Special Needs Planning helps families address the legal needs of a loved one […]

“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, […]

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, […]

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.


Will Medicare Cover Nursing Home Expenses?

By |May 24th, 2012|

By Gregory F. Quinn

Clients sometimes ask, “Will Medicare cover nursing home expenses?”  Here are three surprising facts you can’t ignore.

On its website, the Medicare program talks about the number of people who will eventually need nursing home care.  They provide the following information.

Are you sitting down?

1)      By 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long term care.

2)      People who reach the age of 65 will likely have a 40 percent chance of entering a nursing home.

3)      About 10 percent of the people who enter a nursing home will stay there five years or more.

It is not unusual for nursing home care to cost $6,500.00 a month or more.  Privately paying for a nursing home can often cost seniors in excess of $75,000.00 per year.  Given this cost, long term care can quickly take a devastating toll on a family’s budget.  These costs can completely drain someone’s life savings.  Most people are generally familiar with the Medicare program and that it pays for certain health care costs for people 65 years old or older.  But will Medicare pay for long term care? […]

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.