Georgia Elder Law FAQ
Elder law is an area that not many people think about – that is until they start a family, approach retirement, care for aging loved ones or otherwise confront the realities of aging. At Jen Haskins Law, LLC, I help people leverage the right legal tools to make effective, informed decisions about their loved ones and their future.
It’s important to understand your options when you’re navigating elder law concerns. Below, you will find general answers to common questions about elder law in Georgia. Please reach out to me for answers to your questions.
What exactly is elder law?
Elder law refers to the legal considerations that arise in the later stages of life such as:
- Estate matters
- Long-term care
- Medicaid eligibility
- Asset protection
- Guardianship and conservatorships
By working with an experienced attorney such as myself, you can address these considerations from a place of dignity and empowerment.
Will I have to give up everything I have to pay for nursing home care?
Generally, no. While nursing homes are exorbitantly expensive, there are ways to protect your assets from nursing homes while getting the care you need.
Do I have to spend everything I have before I can qualify for Medicaid benefits?
This is a common misconception. Thankfully, the answer is no. Medicaid does have income and asset limits. However, many assets are exempt from those limits.
There are many complicated aspects of qualifying for Medicaid, which is why it’s critical to work with a lawyer on the right asset protection strategy for you. The sooner you start pursuing strategies such as putting assets in a trust, the better positioned you’ll be to qualify for Medicaid when you need it.
How do I avoid a Medicaid estate recovery?
Medicaid may have grounds to pursue your assets after you’ve passed away. However, there are multiple ways to avoid this outcome, such as establishing a trust and a gifting plan well in advance of when you need to qualify for Medicaid.
Contact Me For More Guidance
I will listen to your concerns and answer your questions in a respectful, understandable manner. To learn more, please contact my firm in Macon at 478-200-2232. I represent elderly clients and work with their adult children throughout Georgia.