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Top Medicaid Planning Lawyer and Elder Law Attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

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WE PROVIDE THE STRATEGIES TO PAY FOR LONG TERM CARE

WHAT IS MEDICAID PLANNING?

It can be quite the shock when client’s families are faced with the prospect of exorbitant long-term care costs. Medicaid planning (also known as incapacity planning) is essentially the process of legally and ethically shifting assets from the status of “unprotected” to “protected” and/or converting those unprotected assets into an income stream to qualify someone for Medicaid benefits that will greatly assist with the immense costs of long term care and preserving assets for the well spouse / community spouse. Your Medicaid planning attorney will present your Medicaid planning options along with our pros and cons analysis. Our clients are usually excited and relieved after we explain our Medicaid-planning strategies.

WHY MEDICARE WONT BE ENOUGH?

Medicare (much to the surprise and dismay of many) only covers short term care and a lifetime benefit for a maximum of 100 days for rehab or skilled nursing - triggered by a hospital admission (as opposed to staying under “observation”) for at least three days. The intention is to provide skilled / rehabilitative care (not custodial care) following a stroke, hip replacement, etc…In fact; Medicare only pays the first 20 days in full. For days 21-100, the patient pays a $144.50 per day co-pay. After a patient has used up their 100 days, they will need to pay out of pocket, utilize long-term-care insurance, or qualify for Medicaid’s lesser-known Institutional Care Program. This is where a medicaid-planning attorney helps.

PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS

From hiring a home-health aide to paying for assisted living facilities or skilled nursing home care: Five years of long-term care can cost between $200,000 and $600,000. That will completely decimate the life savings of most Floridians. Our goal is for Medicaid to pay the bulk of your long-term care costs so  you  are able to pass as much wealth onto your heirs as possible by utilizing a number of wealth preservation strategies. In addition, as elder law attorneys, we can review and amend your will, irrevocable and revocable trusts to minimize or avoid probate and best meet your estate planning needs. Without an experienced Medicaid-planning attorney by your side, much of your assets and wealth will likely have to be spent on care.

OTHER ELDER LAW ISSUES

Our goal is to empower our elder law clients. Medicaid planning / incapacity planning law involves a number of issues that intersect with your estate planning documents. It is essential to have advanced directives, livings wills, durable power of attorney, revocable trusts, a pour-over last will and testament reviewed by your Medicaid planner / elder law attorney. There are special provisions that need to be included in these documents that, if not present, will create unnecessary obstacles for your Medicaid planning attorney. While we focus on Medicaid planning / incapacity planning, we work with other specialists should you need legal assistance with navigating probate court or initiating a guardianship proceeding.

Jason neufeld is an experienced and trusted elder law attorney SERVING MIAMI-DADE & BROWARD.

Jason Neufeld is consistently recognized as a top lawyer among his peers in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, Avvo, or Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-2016). Jason is committed to assisting and protecting the most vulnerable members of society. His substantial work with the elderly led Jason to expand the firm’s practice to handle Elder Law and Medicaid-Planning related issues such as: incapacity planning, Medicaid ICP (long term care) planning, special needs trusts and representing guardians.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and subsequently obtained his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration (JD / MBA) degrees from the University of Miami.

Community Involvement

Jason is on the Board of Directors for the North Dade Bar Association (former President, VP and Treasurer); North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce;  Ancient Spanish Monastery; B’Nai Brith Justice Unit of Broward; and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation – North Dade Branch. Jason is also a member of Leadership Broward Class XXXII (Aroo!); and the Florida Justice Association. Jason also sits on an 11th Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Panel.

Jason was honored with a proclamation (“Jason Neufeld Day”) by the City of North Miami Beach in 2007 for his civic activism. Jason has raised money and volunteered his time with Broward Partnership for the Homeless, ARC Broward, Special Olympics, March of Dimes, and Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Associations

Jason is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys

We care. We listen. We can help. Call Us at (305) 931-0478.

We care. We listen. We can help. Call Us at (305) 931-0478.