Elder law focuses on the needs of families and individuals as they age. These needs can include assistance in arranging at-home care, placement in a long-term care community such as an assisted living facility (or personal care home) or a skilled nursing home, representation in a guardianship, and guidance through the complicated maze of Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits.
Medicaid planning is the assistance provided to a potential Medicaid applicant in advance of, and in preparation for, their application for Medicaid. Generally Medicaid planning becomes an issue for seniors when there is a need for long-term or nursing home care. Nursing homes are extremely expensive, with the average cost of a nursing home in Pennsylvania being over $11,000 per month, and in Delaware over $12,000 per month. Many seniors do not have the income and/or resources necessary to cover these high nursing home costs, especially when there is a healthy spouse still living at home. Seniors therefore will generally rely on their lifetime of accumulated assets to cover the high nursing home costs. The nursing home’s expensive costs can understandably exhaust a couple or individual’s assets rather quickly.
Medicaid planning affords a Medicaid Applicant the opportunity to protect their lifetime of hard-earned resources. Medicaid planning encompasses a complex, and time intensive process involving identification and collection of asset documentation, and strategic protection of assets which in many cases will be a complete re-structure of the applicant’s financial assets.
In many instances a Medicaid applicant will require the legal and financial expertise of an attorney who focuses in the area of Elder Law and Medicaid planning. Families will engage an Elder Law attorney in order to ensure the best possibility of acceptance into the Medicaid program.
Veterans Pension Benefits
We believe that all veterans of the United States Military deserve an advocate. We assist those war time veterans with medical and financial need in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled by virtue of their sacrifice and service.
In order to pursue VA benefits, an attorney must be accredited to practice before the Veterans Administration. Our firm’s VA accredited attorneys have a track record of succeeding in the VA claims process as a result of our unrelenting and dedicated skill. Our unique success is based upon our individualized approach to each and every veteran’s particular situation.
If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call the firm at 610.436.0100 or submit the contact request form.