Top Medicaid Planning Lawyer and Elder Law Attorney serving Kendall and south miami, FLORIDA




It can be quite the shock when client’s families are faced with the prospect of exorbitant long-term care costs. Medicaid planning in South Miami (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 South Miami 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.


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 $170.50 per day co-pay (as of 2019). 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 in south Miami can help.


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 Kendall elder law and medicaid-planning attorney by your side, much of your assets and wealth will likely have to be spent on care.


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 Miami 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 Miami elder care specialists should you need legal assistance with navigating probate court or initiating a guardianship proceeding.

Eugene (Gene) J. La Neve is proud to be of-counsel to Elder Needs Law, PLLC located in downtown Dadeland (South Miami / Kendall area).

Eugene (Gene) J. La Neve graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in business administration. He then rose through the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of a Midwest multi-bank holding company to become the company's Director of Regulatory Compliance, while attending law school at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Upon earning his Juris Doctorate of Law, Mr. LaNeve relocate to South Miami where he practiced state and federal litigation and business law for four years at a boutique firm in Coral Gables.  In 2005, Mr. LaNeve relocated to Boca Raton and joined a firm in Ft. Lauderdale where he then became a partner two years later, the firm thereby taking the name, Golden & La Neve.  Mr. La Neve added probate/estate administration, estate planning, and bankruptcy law, to his areas of practice and remained at Golden & La Neve until 2015, at which time he relocated his family to South Miami, the city for which he holds a special place in his heart.

Mr. La Neve is proud to be of-counsel to Elder Needs Law, PLLC while maintaining his outside practice sole at La Neve Law, P.A., located in downtown Dadeland (South Miami / Kendall area).  He, his wife, and two children reside in Palmetto Bay.

Mr. LaNeve has a broad range of experience working with various not-for-profit organizations and devotes time to church and charitable activities.

Mr. La Neve previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation, a prepaid legal insurance company.  One of Mr. La Neve's most cherished experiences was ministry to the elderly and shut-ins, volunteer work as a guardian ad-litem, and various ministries to the homeless, including writing grants for nonprofit agencies conducting research, and providing shelter and aid to the homeless.

Mr. La Neve believes that these interests and experience provided the conduit for a natural progression toward the practice of elder law and now enjoys his added legal representation of the elderly, the disabled, and their caregivers.

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