Many people incorrectly assume that there are no good solutions for these problems, or that it is too late for them to do anything about it.
The uninformed accept their "fate," and spend down their life’s savings until -- when they have practically nothing left -- they can apply for Medicaid.
Medicaid Benefits Planning
It doesn’t have to be this way. The fact is that Federal and New York State Medicaid laws permit people who receive Medicaid benefits to take action to protect their assets or income in most cases.
As the Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court) has stated, "no agency of the government has any right to complain about the fact that middle class people confronted with desperate circumstances choose voluntarily to inflict poverty upon themselves when it is the government itself which has established the rule that poverty is a prerequisite to the receipt of assistance in the defraying of the costs of ruinously expensive, but absolutely essential, medical treatment."
If you are going to put yourself in the best position, you are going to need professional advice from an experienced Elder Law attorney. The lawyers at Lamson & Cutner have created an enviable track record of helping clients obtain the long-term care they need, and protecting their money, property, and income at the same time.
Elder Care Attorneys
At Lamson & Cutner, Elder Law is our only practice area. Our entire staff -- attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel – is focused on helping the elderly and disabled. We do our work with compassion and understanding of the stress and emotional strain on seniors and their families when illness or injury forces a loss of independence or control.
When the need for long-term care arises or is anticipated, Lamson & Cutner strongly recommends an initial consultation with one of its Elder Care attorneys. The initial consultation at Lamson & Cutner provides an in-depth review and analysis of your precise situation, the firm’s advice on the best options available to you, and the cost of any further legal work that may be necessary should you retain Lamson & Cutner to be your attorneys going forward.
In many situations, children or other relatives of the person who needs care are the ones who contact our firm. If children are living at a distance from the New York City area, they are often comforted to know that their immediate fears and concerns can be addressed in a conference call with an experienced Elder Care attorney at Lamson & Cutner.
Of course, an initial consultation doesn't commit a client to do anything. The decision to implement a plan to protect your assets or income now, later, or not at all, is entirely yours. When it comes to knowing how to protect your rights, however, at least you will not be among the uninformed or the misinformed.
Remember that it is NOT TOO LATE to take effective action, even if you are already in a nursing home, or currently paying for care in the home. You might easily become eligible to have Medicaid pay for the same care that you are presently receiving – from the same caregivers or providers – and protect all or a substantial portion of your money, investments, property, or income.
Lamson & Cutner’s offices are conveniently located in Mid-Town Manhattan at 9 East 40th Street, New York, NY. Its clients come from all over the region. So whether you live in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island, or in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, or beyond, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1 (212) 447-8690 or EMAIL us to schedule an Elder Care Law appointment.