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South Florida Law’s elder law practice area helps families protect their savings, home and other assets from being liquidated to pay for long term care / nursery home costs. This includes restructuring assets in preparation for Medicare applications and avoiding the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program.

Reduce Inheritance Taxes with a Generation-Skipping Trust

For families with a high net worth, inheritance and estate planning can be complex.  Fortunately, with the assistance of a knowledgeable estate planning attorney, there are a number of ways for these families to provide a financial legacy for descendants in a tax-advantageous way.  One such estate planning tool is a generation-skipping trust (GST).  When [...]

2022-01-23T16:55:34+00:00Elder Law, Estate Planning|

Medicaid Eligibility Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

For Medicaid eligibility, there are a set number of activities that the program takes into consideration when determining whether to approve an applicants request for coverage. These are in addition to Medicaid means testing in which the program reviews assets and income to determine Medicaid eligibility. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) for Medicaid Eligibility   [...]

2022-01-23T17:30:02+00:00Elder Law, Medicaid Planning|

Medicaid Planning Facts

Medicaid Planning - Florida Medicaid is the state and federal partnership that provides health coverage for selected categories of people, including the elderly, in Florida. Because having low income and virtually no assets is an eligibility requirement, one of the most complex areas of estate planning involves preparing someone with significant income and assets for [...]

2022-01-23T17:38:06+00:00Elder Law, Medicaid Planning|

Qualified Income Trusts (A Medicaid Solution for Florida Residents)

Long-term care for seniors delivered in a nursing home setting can be prohibitively expensive for most people. Still, some 70% of those over 65 are expected to need long-term care with 20% of seniors likely to require it for five or more years. Medicaid provides financial assistance to those requiring long-term care and qualified income [...]

Navigating Medicaid Means Testing

By most people’s standards, a nursing home can be very expensive. It is not unusual to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 a month to a facility for an individual (or double that cost for a couple). Medicaid means testing ensures that the people who have the greatest financial need for coverage receive Medicaid benefits. [...]