Probate is a lengthy, public and often times expensive process. However, there are steps that a person can take that avoids the probate process. Our Elder Law Attorneys will explain the benefits of planning ahead and what steps you can take to make sure your estate avoids probate.
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Helping people preserve a legacy of family wealth is one of our top priorities. Effective estate planning can help you pass more of your assets to your loved ones when you pass away. It can also help you qualify for Medicaid and other benefits when you need long-term care – without first depleting all your resources.
Many individuals will need long-term care at some point. Quality care is expensive, but Medicaid can pick up much of the financial burden. However, qualifying for Medicaid may be difficult without first using up your assets. The good news is that careful planning now may allow you to qualify for Medicaid without first losing everything you own.
People who have disabilities frequently need costly assistance and medical care. Social Security and Medicaid benefits may be available to help people with disabilities cover these costs. However, careful estate planning is a must to ensure that an inheritance or other settlement won’t disqualify a recipient from receiving the benefits they deserve.
Long-term care facilities are supposed to be a safe place for individuals who can’t live on their own. Unfortunately, many nursing homes and similar facilities fail to meet their obligations to residents. Instead, residents suffer physical and emotional harm caused by neglect or even intentional abuse. Learning how to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect in nursing homes could save the life of a loved one.