San Jose Medi-Cal Planning Lawyers
Millions of Americans are forced to confront the reality of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other conditions that will prevent them from living life on their own terms. For families facing the prospect of caring for loved ones with these conditions, nursing home care may be the only realistic option.
Unfortunately, the average cost of long-term care in California can range anywhere from $6,500 to $10,000 each month. These costs can drain decades’ worth of savings over a very short time. Medicare, under the federal system, may cover some initial costs of care; however, it will not pay for long-term skilled nursing care. In California, Medi-Cal will cover these costs. In order to qualify for Medi-Cal, however, you must meet strict eligibility requirements.
Many people, in an attempt to meet these requirements, try to give away all of their assets to family members. This is not wise. Currently, the state of California looks at your assets 30 months prior to the date of your application. This is known as the look back period. Giving away your assets in this time frame could result in ineligibility for Medi-Cal benefits and force you to personally pay for all of your loved one’s skilled nursing care.
It does not have to be this way.
The Assistance Of An Attorney Can Assure Medi-Cal Benefits For The Rest Of Your Loved One’s Life
At The Law Offices of Lisa C. Bryant, Inc., based in San Jose, our Medi-Cal planning attorneys understand the challenges faced by families wondering how to cover the costs of a loved one’s care. We handle the Medi-Cal process from creating a plan to get you qualified, completing the application, interfacing with the State of California, and guiding you through the Medi-Cal recovery process when your loved one has passed. For your peace of mind, we offer our Medi-Cal and estate planning services on a flat fee basis.
We complete the Medi-Cal application and handle all communications with the Department of Health Care Services. You simply will not find many lawyers who take this step. At the same time, we will assist you in creating and implementing the best available strategy to ensure your parent or other loved one becomes eligible for Medi-Cal. We have found that proper planning can reduce one’s eligibility from years to months, or even less time.
In addition, we will take on proper estate planning techniques to ensure that the state of California does not put a lien against your loved one’s estate when he or she dies. Placing assets in an irrevocable trust, among other estate planning tactics, can help you avoid this fate. All in all, our services are designed to offer maximum legal protection to your family, so your loved ones can focus on your care.
Contact The Law Offices Of Lisa C. Bryant, Inc.
Call 800-970-3414 or complete our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.