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How do I protect my assets from long-term care?

Nursing home care in New York can cost a fortune. In fact, when you reach the point in life that you require long-term care, it can be difficult to finance your health care needs without reaching into personal assets. If you want to protect your assets from a lengthy and expensive stay in a nursing home, you might consider a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust, called a MAPT.

How To Avoid Four Common Estate and Elder Law Planning Mistakes

Although formulating an estate and long term care plan is an important step towards financial security, many people fail to have even the most basic plan and advanced directives. One potential hurdle is a fear of putting together a poor plan. Having a basic understanding of these common mistakes can help reduce the risk of making some unfortunate errors. The following are examples of the most common errors made:

The Most Common and Financially Disastrous Misconceptions About Elder Law Planning

Having experienced firsthand for almost thirty years the ravages and cruelty inflicted by Alzheimer's, senile dementia, Parkinson's, ALS and MS upon individuals and their families, it can be particularly galling to learn that some have unnecessarily spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their long-term care as a result of misconceptions and/or misinformation they relied upon. The following are the most common and financially devastating misconceptions:

Warning to Non-Attorneys: Florida Takes Major Step in Preventing the Unauthorized Practice of Elder Law

Over the last decade, numerous non-attorney controlled entities have cropped up nationwide offering Medicaid and elder law planning services. Many of these entities have branched into these services from traditional home care and geriatric care management services, while others are newly created. The services offered by these providers are varied, often including the preparation and filing of Medicaid nursing home and home care applications, drafting of personal service contracts and qualified income trusts (in some states), as well as rendering advice regarding Medicaid eligibility and how to obtain benefits.

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