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We provide the strategies you need to preserve your assets and pay for long-term care.
The costs of care can be shocking - but we’re here to help plan for anything the future holds.

Medicaid Planning

A core part of planning for long-term care, Medicaid planning is a way to navigate the strict asset and income limits that Medicaid imposes in order to qualify for assistance.

Estate Planning

Creating an estate plan is crucial to being adequately prepared for the future. A complete estate plan will ensure that your wishes are carried out and your family is taken care of.

Elder Law

No matter what situation or elder related program you are dealing with, an Elder Law attorney can help make sure you have the answers you need and are fully prepared for the future.

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Pay For Long Term Care

The costs of long term care are often much higher than one may anticipate.
Fortunately, there are several options to help alleviate the associated stress and make these costs more manageable.

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.

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.

Why Medicare Won’t 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 - triggeread 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 $176.00 per day co-pay (as of 2020).

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.

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, 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. In addition to Medicaid planning / estate planning / incapacity planning, we can also assist our clients in Florida with other elder law matters such as navigating probate court, initiating a guardianship proceeding, or fighting a long-term care insurance claim denial.

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Things You Should Know

As an experienced Elder Law Attorney, we know firsthand how overwhelming planning for the future can be. We are here to help provide all of the information you need to make informed decisions and be prepared for whatever the future may hold.

Basic Florida Estate Planning
Concepts in Plain English

Estate Planning is a broad term and includes many different documents and strategies that one may need to adequately plan for their future. In order to help you navigate the complicated and often confusing terminology, we have put together a guide going over each individual concept of estate planning.

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What is Medicaid Planning and
Common Medicaid Asset

Medicaid planning is a core part of any long-term care plan. Since Medicaid has various asset and income limits, however, navigating the qualifying factors can be confusing. We have put together a guide to help equip you with all of the information you may need to make an informed decision about your future.

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"Jason and his team are responsive and communicate very well. Jason helped me to get the benefits that I qualified for much faster than expected. I would recommend him highly. My case seemed complicated to me, but Jason explained everything in detail and made everything go quite smoothly. I interviewed several elderlaw attorneys prior to choosing Jason Neufeld."

"Quick turn around time for appointments, great response time, very thorough, never rushed through and soooo easy to do business with over the internet! Read the website info, very very helpful!"

“The attorney Jason and his team are amazing at planning and execution. Me and my family would not trust anyone else with our estate planning needs.”

“I've been very impressed! A friend referred me and I've experienced nothing but perfect service and professionalism. I am extremely grateful!”

“A strong recommendation for Jason Neufeld and his Elder Law firm - very professional, patient, reliable, and experienced. When my father fell terminally ill, I became responsible for his assets and finances overnight, including the daunting task to qualify him for Medicaid. I interviewed several elder law firms but was most impressed by Jason’s client approach and practices. Throughout the process, Jason and his team provided clear guidance and support to successfully complete all the new and complex tasks required as a POA, and more importantly he enabled us to quickly achieve our goals related to Medicaid and estate planning. His fees are more than reasonable for the level of due diligence and support we received.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose an elder law attorney?
Hiring an elder law attorney is a big decision - it is important to work with someone who has extensive experience, and that you can trust to always have your best interests at heart. Some questions you should ask an elder law attorney before making your decision are:
  • Do you have experience with Medicaid planning?
  • How long have you been practicing elder law?
  • Are you able to provide estate planning services as well?
  • When was the last time you handled a situation like mine?
Should I hire an elder law attorney?
When dealing with Medicaid planning, estate planning, or any other aspect of elder law, there is a lot at stake. These are all highly specialized areas of law and mistakes can cause devastating effects. Hiring an elder law attorney to handle these scenarios will always be in your best interest, as they have specific experience that most other attorneys do not have.
What is the difference between elder law and estate planning?
The truth is, elder law and estate planning overlap in many ways. Both deal with management of your assets and making preparations for your future. The main difference is that elder law focuses more on planning for the use of your income and assets while you are alive, and estate planning focuses more on what will happen to your assets when you pass.
What is Medicaid estate planning?
Medicaid planning is a crucial part of long-term care planning. Since most people over the age of 65 will need long-term care at some point, and the cost of this care is a lot more than most people are prepared for, Medicaid planning can help manage these costs.

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