As a senior (or someone who’s helping a senior), you’re faced with a complex set of issues regarding long-term care planning. An Elder Law attorney can help make sense of the confusion you may be feeling by putting together a solid plan to help you avoid costly mistakes and preserve your assets for your benefit while you are still alive.
KKC Elder Law attorneys, William Dakin and Stephen Sutton, have decades of experience handling the unique legal needs of older clients. Steve holds an L.L.M. in Estate Planning & Elder Law and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Bill has an L.L.M. in Taxation and is a member of both the Estate and Probate and Elder Law committees of the Connecticut Bar Association. Both are highly qualified to handle the complex financial and legal situations that seniors face in the areas of:
Preservation/Transfer of Assets
KKC Elder Law attorneys work with families to preserve their assets in the face of potentially crippling long-term health care costs. Asset preservation may involve the lifetime transfer of assets to heirs, with proper consideration of income tax, gift tax, and Medicaid (Title XIX) consequences. It may also require the preparation or revision of existing wills, trusts, deeds, or business agreements to reflect changes in circumstances. We prepare the necessary documents to satisfy our clients’ specific goals and handle tax and other reporting requirements.
Long-Term Health Care/Disability Planning
Our attorneys analyze how best to finance the costs of long-term care while avoiding the financial hardship of the caretaker spouse or other family member. Financing tools such as long-term health care insurance, reverse annuity mortgages, and Medicaid (Title XIX) assistance are explained so clients are fully aware of their options.
Medicaid (Title XIX) Application Process
We guide families through the often confusing and difficult process of applying for governmental assistance to cover the costs of uninsured medical care. In the event of a denial of assistance, we represent our clients in administrative and Superior Court appeals so they’re assured of achieving the federal and state benefits to which they’re entitled.
Planning for Future Incapacity
Our attorneys advise clients concerned with the possibility that they may become incapable of handling their own affairs at some point in the future. Through the use of trusts, powers of attorney, and advance directives such as living wills and designations of health care agents and conservators, our clients can achieve peace of mind, knowing that individuals whom they trust will be able to act for them should they become unable to act for themselves.
If you anticipate a need for long term care for yourself or a loved one, if you have questions about eligibility of government benefits, or if you’re getting worried that you can’t handle your finances or affairs on your own, now is the time to contact one of the elder law attorneys at Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela. Hiring an Elder Law attorney and planning for your future can provide peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest now.