We provide assistance to potential Medicaid applicants in advance of, and in preparation for their Medicaid application.
Crisis Medicaid Planning
If you’re losing sleep over how to pay for your family member’s assisted living or nursing home care, we might have the answer. Medicaid has allowed millions of Americans to get the care they needed, but couldn’t afford.
Supplemental Needs Planning
Ensure that you, a family member or a loved one qualifies for the Medicaid benefits with our essential supplemental needs planning techniques.
Trusts & Estates
Let us help you craft estate planning strategies that help protect and preserve your wealth.
WHO WE ARE
ATTORNEY MATTHEW L. MERCER has a boutique law practice that focuses in the areas of Elder Law, Trust & Estates, Real Estate, and Corporate Law. Matt is committed to providing quality legal counsel to Rhode Island and Connecticut residents. He has conveniently located offices in Westerly, Rhode Island and Warwick, Rhode Island.
Does an Executor Need to Do Anything If There Is No Money in an Estate?
Most states require that a will be recorded with the probate court within 30 days of death, but if there is nothing in the estate, there is no penalty for not doing so. In effect, no one cares.
Is It Better to Rent or Buy After Selling Our Family Home?
The choice that is best for you will depend on your needs and the laws of your state. If you decide to rent and one of you enters a nursing home and you don’t have long-term care insurance, you will have to spend down your assets until the spouse in the nursing home qualifies for Medicaid. For information about Medicaid’s asset rules click here. If you buy a new house and end up applying for Medicaid, the house would likely not be counted as an asset, but the state may be able to put a lien on the home. For information on how Medicaid treats a home, click here and here. We strongly recommend that you consult with an elder law attorney in your state to find out the best course of action for you to take. To find an attorney near you, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/elder-law-attorneys.
Can a Medicaid Recipient Transfer the Proceeds from the Sale of a House to a Spouse?
The answer depends on the circumstances. The husband could definitely have transferred his interest in the condo to his wife and she would have received all of the proceeds without problem. But in this case, the husband received half of the proceeds. At least technically, this made him ineligible for Medicaid from the moment of the sale. He can transfer his share to his wife, bringing himself under the Medicaid asset limit, but whether or not this puts his wife over her limit as a spouse depends on her other resources. Depending on the situation, she may need to spend down some these funds through permitted means, such as paying for items she needs, purchasing a qualifying annuity, or purchasing another place to live. If this is all done very quickly, Medicaid may or may not disqualify the husband. If it does do so, it will be for a short period of time. As you can see, the answer to this simple question depends on the facts of the situation and the application of the law in the particular state. We strongly recommend that you consult with a local elder law attorney as soon as possible. For a directory of attorneys, click here.
If I Pay My Mom’s Expenses, Would that Be Considered Repaying a Transfer When She Applies for Medicaid?
It depends on your state Medicaid agency. Some will treat such payments as repayments and shorten the ineligibility period imposed accordingly, or eliminate it entirely if you use the entire $50,000. However, others will only honor payments going directly to your mother rather than expenses paid on her behalf, and some will only give credit for a complete “cure” — the return of the entire $50,000. To know the practice in your state you will need to consult with a local elder law attorney. To find an attorney near you, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/elder-law-attorneys.
The rules differ so much from state to state that it can be difficult to advise you. In general, assuming your parents are 65 or older, if both are seeking Medicaid coverage, they must spend down their savings to $3,000 (this number may be different in some states). If only one is seeking coverage, the other may be able to keep all of the savings.
Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous. To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to plan ahead for how to deal with any weapons.
This is the last year that spouses who are turning full retirement age can choose whether to take spousal benefits or to take benefits on their own record. The strategy, used by some couples to maximize their benefits, will not be available to people turning full retirement age after 2019.
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