2014 has been another great year for Aging in Alabama, thanks to our clients, our healthcare affiliates, and referring professionals! We have seen so much need out in the community, it is frightening, but so much response from all facets of our community has been equally gratifying!
We are humbled and proud to serve you!
What we can do…
Aging in Alabama, is an elder law firm focusing on long term care consultations and problem solving for your family, we offer simple, custom solutions for preserving your life’s work.
Whether you are planning for the future, or find yourself in the midst of a crisis, call today for a consultation and advocacy. Get qualified for nursing home Medicaid; accurately find out what choices you and your family face. Knowledge is power, take charge of your situation today!
§ Nursing home Medicaid qualification
§ Asset protection
§ Guardianships and Conservatorships
§ Advanced planning including Trusts
§ Long term care planning
§ Nationally known Speaker
Nursing home costs have risen to immense levels. If you become ill, your family may exhaust your savings and have to apply for nursing home Medicaid. If they do not know exactly how to handle your finances, your children could very well be spending their own resources for your care.
Find out what rules may apply in your case and set out a
care plan early.
SOME COMMON QUESTIONS THAT I GET…
Q: MY MOTHER NEEDS A LOT OF HELP, SO SHE WILL MOVE INTO MY HOUSE, AND FROM THE SALE OF HER HOME, WE WILL BUILD A MOTHER-IN-LAW SUITE FOR HER. IS THERE ANY PROBLEM WITH THIS STRATEGY IF SHE GOES INTO THE NURSING HOME?
A: YES! Your mother will have to either 1) have her name put on your deed in a proportion of ownership that corresponds to her contribution (which would be subject to a lien if she needs Medicaid), or 2) have 5 years go by after her contribution, or 3) if she goes into a nursing home and requires Medicaid, there will be a large penalty assessed after she runs out of money. You should call.
Q: MY MOTHER NEEDS CARE AT HOME AND HOME HEALTH AGENCIES COST TOO MUCH. SHE HAS A MODEST IRA AND THE MONEY WILL GO QUICK. I FOUND A LADY WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF HER FOR 1/2 THE COST BUT SHE WANTS CASH. IS THIS OK?
A: Ok is relative. If she never needs nursing home care, it is “ok” from the perspective that she won’t face a large penalty for paying out cash that will be considered a gift for failure to follow Medicaid rules, but you have problems with the IRS for not withholding, and since there is no telling what may happen in the future, you may very well have to apply for Medicaid down the road, and there would be a large penalty. Also, since you are drawing the IRA out, you would be entitled to a huge medical deduction if you weren’t paying someone unlawfully. There are better options! Call and find out: (855) ELD-RLAW
Where can I find out more?
UPCOMING EVENTS – COME LISTEN AND ASK ME LIVE! – ($ notes webinars and other commercial events require payment to the provider)
3/18/2015: ASSET SPEND-DOWN FOR MEDICAID QUALIFICATION (Strafford CLE) ($) live webinar 12-1:30 EDT) This CLE webinar will provide counsel with an understanding of the complexities involved in asset spend-down for Medicaid qualification. The panel will highlight strategies for spend-down, ways assets are classified, and distinctions between individuals and married couples. Click here to sign up.
4/16/2015: SENIOR CARE 101: One stop shopping for all your senior care questions! SEMINAR (11AM to 3PM CDT), Eastern Shore Rehab, 101 Villa Drive, Daphne, AL – PLEASE RSVP AT email@example.com FREE EVENT – open to the public
5/8/2015: ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR sponsored by The Haven no-kill animal shelter, Fairhope, AL (12-1pm CDT) Location: TBD. Call The Haven to reserve a spot at (251) 929-2494. Free lunch provided by MariAnne’s Deli, a Fairhope favorite! Lunch n learn how to protect yourself, your causes and your furry friends!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO AN APPOINTMENT?
Bring anything specific about which you have questions. You should gather information about your income, assets, health and life insurance, property, and any important documents you have such as a power of attorney, will, trust documents, tax returns, Veterans benefits or terms of service, and deeds.
Your consultation is a working meeting, approximately 2 hours long, depending upon your needs. Further discussion may be necessary upon receipt of additional documents if necessary. A report may be provided regarding available options following the meeting.
NEED A FEATURED SPEAKER FOR YOUR GROUP?
Kyla Kelim speaks nationwide to groups across the country as well as local, state and regional appearances on many topics of interest to seniors. Although topics regarding protecting assets is among the most popular topics, She is happy to provide a tailored speech according to the interests of your groups on such topics as Durable Powers of Attorneys, Wills vs. Trusts, Estate planning, Advanced Health Care Directives, Medicare benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, Saving money through little known senior benefits, Veterans’ benefits, Probate, Retirement benefits, and much more.
Call today to reserve Mrs. Kelim for your special event.