Newsletter – April 2020

  • April 01, 2020
  • Elder Law Associates

You can read our April newsletter here or below.

, Open This Now for the Big Reveal!
Greetings!

Elder Law Associates PA is excited and proud to present our newly redesigned, revamped and responsive website , with a brand new look and feel. You’ll find helpful information about our firm, practice areas, attorneys, culture and locations, along with a multitude of blog posts, videos, FAQs, testimonials and much more. It’s easier to find what you need and you’ll be able to read current and past newsletters and keep up with all the goings-on at Elder Law Associates PA going forward. Take a look at our new Welcome video above or on our homepage and let us know what you think about our new site. We would love to get your feedback!
Be sure to check out this month’s newsletter online as well. Last week, Howie was interviewed by Reuters on the best way to prepare for coronavirus, legally speaking. The article, “The One Document Americans Need Now – Power of Attorney,” was printed by The New York Times on March 27. We put together a video about the topic. You can watch it here. With our new website, we’re launching a new blog series with articles detailing Howie’s and his mother’s journey through the long-term care system. In addition, we offer some updated information for 2020 on the VA Aid and Attendance benefit for veterans.

We hope you are staying well, washing your hands frequently and practicing safe, social distancing. At Elder Law Associates PA, the health and safety of our clients, colleagues, friends, vendors and staff members are critically important. As we discussed in our last e-blast, our firm remains open and committed to serving you, however our offices are temporarily closed to the public. We are holding all client meetings and appointments either over the phone or through video conferencing, with all signings in our outdoor plaza. Please contact us or call 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a tele-meeting with one of our attorneys.  

Be well!
Ellen S. Morris, Esq. & Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP
Partners, Elder Law Associates PA
By Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP and Mrs. Gladys Krooks
First Installment in a Series of Posts on Long-Term Care
At the outset of this new blog series, let me state that I’m an experienced elder law attorney with over 30 years in professional practice devoted to elder law and trust and estate matters, representing seniors and people with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, planning for disability and long-term care, and Medicaid/government benefits planning.

So, with a long history of advocacy in this field, you would think that I would have had some advantage or greater insight when it came to assisting my own mother when she developed the need for long-term care after experiencing some major health issues. After all, this is what I do. I counsel my clients on how to deal with nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I work to make sure my clients receive the benefits they deserve through Medicaid and/or the VA Aid & Attendance program. However, when it came to helping my own parent through the system, I found that the sheer complexity and amount of time it took for things to be addressed were daunting, if not completely overwhelming – not just for my mom, but for me and my siblings.    Read More
By Jami Scot, Medicaid and VA Specialist, Elder Law Associates PA

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is provided to a veteran and/or his or her surviving spouse if they meet certain criteria. The veteran must be at least 65 years old or older; must have served at least 90 days in active duty, with at least one day during a time of war; must have an honorable discharge; and requires the regular assistance by another person with at least two activities of daily living (ADLs). The main ADLs include self-feeding, bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting and ambulation. This benefit has been helpful to many veterans or their spouses to pay for long-term care, whether this is at home, in an Assisted Living Facility or nursing home, or by providing a special monthly pension income to cover ongoing and recurring medical expenses. 

A veteran’s net worth and family income must meet certain limits set by Congress in order to receive Aid and Attendance benefits. The net worth calculation counts the annual income and the value of all bank accounts and investments. The net worth calculation does not include your home, car and most personal belongings as part of your net worth. The maximum net worth an individual may have while still qualifying for the VA Aid and Attendance benefits as of December 1, 2019, is $129,094. The maximum net worth increases by the same percentages as the cost of living increases with Social Security. Read More
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