The Manchester Living Podcast’s Brian Levy recently hosted Jeff Kort, a Dallas-area financial advisor, and myself, Steve Holman, to discuss the ins and outs of elder law. You can watch the video right here, or look below for 5 important takeaways from our conversation.
Long Term Care
Use this holiday season to observe their well-being and broach the subject, even over Zoom As a Dallas elder law and estate planning attorney, I hear concern edging into my clients’ voices every first of January, post-holiday-visit. After the plum pies are eaten and the grandkids tucked into bed, adult children are often left with
Veteran’s Affairs (VA) benefits can help if your loved one needs long-term care. Depending on their specific needs, VA benefits may include disability compensation, VA pension, or long-term care assistance. The amount of the benefit can vary. It depends on what you can demonstrate as your needs, costs, and resources. It’s a good idea to
A QIT is a special type of trust for seniors in need of long-term care whose income exceeds Medicaid caps. A trust allows a third party (trustee) to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary.
A recent report was issued that reviewed a number of state’s Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver Program. These programs provide Medicaid funding to assisted living or in-home care. The report found that providing public benefits to eligible individuals before they required skilled nursing care reduced the state’s overall Medicaid expenditures. Further, it provided options
Life expectancy in the United States has continued an upward trend over the last several decades. The average life expectancy for men is 76.4 years and the average for women is a healthy 81.2 years of age. What has not trended upward, however, is the number of people engaging in long-term care planning. The fact
Dorothy lived alone after her husband died. Soon her son Damien noticed that she didn’t have enough clean clothes, her fridge was empty, and she had fallen a few times. Clearly if Dorothy were going to stay at home – and who wouldn’t rather do that, if possible – she would need help. Damien was
Most people dream of retiring one day. The problem is that many do not move beyond dreaming about it to actually planning it out. Fortunately, those who prioritize planning can make their retirement dreams a reality. As an estate planning attorney, I advise clients daily on how to approach their retirement within the estate planning
Veterans are an important class of our population and as such, it is important to know about the various benefits available to them. Many of the benefits are based on the type of service by the veteran, the health of the veteran, or a combination of these factors. The next several paragraphs will outline benefits
70% of individuals 65 years old will need some form of long term care during their lifetime.[i] For those 70% requiring long term care, the average total cost is estimated at $266,000.[ii] About 25% of households have no retirement savings at all, and the median savings for those who do is less than $75,000.[iii] When