Elder Law

Nursing home move and Medicaid confusion?
Call for legal know-how specific to Michigan

Why does someone consult an attorney who specializes in elder law?

Is it just about getting older and needing to plan ahead? Or is elder law more than that?
The answer is: Elder law is about that, but more.

Although elder law indeed can encompass estate planning and estate administration, the need for an elder law specialist is most often triggered by the prospect of an older person’s long-term illness or disability or another change in circumstances requiring a move to a nursing home. Sometimes, it is a savvy senior who contacts an elder law attorney at Kelly Law Firm. But more often it is his or her loved one who initiates the call. Sometimes the situation is urgent. Most people are aware that Medicaid covers nursing home care for people who qualify. (In fact, Medicaid pays for most of the long-term care, including nursing home care, in the United States.)

But misinformation and myths about Medicaid qualifications abound. Each state sets eligibility criteria and limits within federal guidelines, so it is essential to rely on an elder law attorney who is familiar with the Medicaid requirements and laws of the state in which the elderly individual resides. If a loved one is facing the prospect of admission to a nursing care facility, contact us immediately.

We often are retained by adult children who live outside of Michigan. It’s even more advantageous for the family to contact us at the first suspicion or diagnosis of a physical or mental decline that could eventually lead to a nursing home move or the need for a guardianship or conservatorship.

What we try to do for you is to structure assets to maximize exemptions, to preserve assets and to assure continued high-quality care for your loved one.People work all their lives to save a nest egg to pass to their children. Without careful planning, that next egg can evaporate in a matter of months. Your Kelly Law Firm elder law attorney can give you financial peace of mind so that you can focus on caring for loved one.