Understanding Elder Law in Pennsylvania
Senior citizens and those who are making financial decisions on behalf of a senior face complex legal concerns that can affect the Senior and their loved ones and possibly have unintended legal consequences. An experienced attorney who focuses on elder law can help you navigate the unique legal needs of those "golden years."
As a Pennsylvania elder law attorney, I fight to protect your family's ongoing financial success as you age into your golden years. As individuals enjoy longer lives, families are struggling with long-term care expenses. As you age and your care needs shift, the preparation of eldercare planning can be overwhelming. But the earlier you start planning, the more options that will be available for your future care needs. I can help protect your assets and address your unique elder care needs and concerns.
Pennsylvania Elder Law Services Include:
- Long-Term Care Planning
- Medicaid Planning
- Medicaid Crisis Planning
- Special Needs Planning
I assist clients in evaluating the options available for long-term care support and other elder law legal services. I will help you understand the public benefit programs, including Medicaid, and state-based programs that may help cover care costs. I'll advise you of the planning options available for asset and family protection and help you access the benefits.
What is Long-Term Care Planning in Pennsylvania?
Long-term care planning is a legal strategy that helps aging Americans plan for the high cost of different health care services as they age. Proper long-term care planning can assist you or a loved one avoid the worry and drain that the cost of Pennsylvania health care will have on your savings and your hard-earned asset you may have planned to pass down to your family.
Long-term care is designed to meet health needs for an extended time. These services help aging Americans live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday tasks and activities on their own.
What is Medicaid Planning in Pennsylvania?
Medicaid is a Federal and State program, and the rules vary from state to state. If you reside in Pennsylvania and need Medicaid, then Pennsylvania's Medicaid rules apply. You can benefit significantly from the expertise of a Pennsylvania elder law attorney, like L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Esquire - Attorney at Law, who understands the specific Medicaid qualification, application, and approval processes.
Medicaid planning can be a complicated and confusing process. Pennsylvania Medicaid can be a massive benefit towards protecting your assets, especially if you require nursing home care or in-home care. I can assist you with Medicaid eligibility while protecting your hard-earned assets from being depleted by the cost of care.
PENNSYLVANIA ANNUAL MEDIAN COST OF CARE (2020)
NURSING HOME FACILITY
Homemaker Services $54,912
Adult Day Health Care $18,200
Semi-Private Room $120,450
Home Health Aide $54,912
Assisted Living Facility $47,457
Private Room $129,940
Without the aid of Medicaid, the cost of a Pennsylvania nursing home can wipe out your family's savings, retirement funds, an inheritance for your loved ones. At my Media, PA law firm, I can help you protect your hard-earned life savings from being spent down to pay for long-term care in Pennsylvania. No matter your situation, I can help you develop a plan that protects your hard-earned assets from the financial burdens of expensive care options available to you.
What is Medicaid Crisis Planning in Pennsylvania?
Planning for Medicaid before you or a loved one needs care is the most proactive way to save your assets from the cost of long-term care, but that is not always the case. Suppose you or a loved one are already in a nursing home facility in Pennsylvania or require immediate in-home care. In that case, this is legally referred to as Medicaid crisis planning by elder law attorneys. Crisis Medicaid planning can be daunting, primarily when focusing on a loved one's health and wellness instead of care coverage. As a Pennsylvania Medicaid crisis planning attorney, I can help you navigate the crisis planning process allowing you to focus on supporting your loved ones.
What is Adult Guardianship in Pennsylvania?
Guardianship for adults is a legal process used to protect an individual who cannot care for their well-being due to a mental or physical disability. Guardianship for an elderly adult is court-appointed, and the guardian is given specific duties and responsibilities to the elderly person. L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Esquire -Attorney at Law can help you or your loved ones navigate the guardianship process in Pennsylvania.
What is Special Needs Planning in Pennsylvania?
Special needs planning refers to the legal planning process for any person or family member with a disability. Disabilities can be diagnosed at birth, occur in adulthood, or caused by illness or injury. Special needs planning can start at any point in life; however, the earlier planning can occur, the better. Planning as soon as possible can ensure significant government benefits are not jeopardized for your special needs loved one.
The legal strategies you should consider with special needs planning include:
- Establishing a special needs trust
- Appointing guardianship
- Creating a letter of intent
Why Do You Need an Elder Law Attorney?
There is a difference between estate law and elder law. Estate law focuses on your asset distribution in a tax-advantaged manner after your death, while elder law seeks to preserve your money, assets, and income for your benefit and care while you are still alive. However, it is not unusual for elder law strategies to involve estate and tax planning. A Pennsylvania elder law firm will also have unique, in-depth insight regarding the rights of senior citizens.
L. Theodore Hoppe, Jr., Esquire - Attorney at Law can be trusted to answer your questions, advise you on your rights, help you take the steps necessary to get the situation successfully resolved, and if need be, to aggressively defend your rights in court. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.