Medicaid Law Firm in Vero Beach, Florida
If you are an elderly Florida resident, disabled or have become disabled, or are low-income and meet certain qualifications, you may qualify for Medicaid benefits. If your elder loved one needs nursing home care or has become disabled and you or your family are applying for Medicaid benefits, consider speaking to the Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L., a firm of Medicaid lawyers in Vero Beach, Florida today. Our Medicaid law firm can assist you with your Medicaid application, help you structure your assets for Medicaid planning, and assist you if your Medicaid application has been denied. Medicaid helps low-income pregnant women, low-income individuals, children, individuals who were in the foster care system (up to age 26), disabled individuals, and senior citizens, although our firm specializes in Medicaid for the aged and disabled.
Navigating the Medicaid application process and qualification process can be complicated. Individuals may believe that they don’t qualify because of their assets, but there are ways to structure your assets so that you or your loved one can qualify. The Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. is a Medicaid law firm in Vero Beach, Florida that can help you navigate all aspects of the Medicaid qualification process—from structuring your assets so that you won’t be locked out of important benefits to helping you or your family appeal a denied claim. Medicaid laws can be complex to navigate on your own. If your loved one is disabled or is showing signs of becoming disabled, or if you need nursing home care for an elderly relative, contact the Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Vero Beach, Florida. Our Medicaid lawyers can help you.
Medicaid Application Help in Vero Beach, Florida
If you are applying for Medicaid and have questions about the application process, the Medicaid law firm at the Vero Beach, Florida, The Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. can help you or your family navigate the Medicaid application process. Our Medicaid lawyers in Vero Beach, Florida can review your situation to help you understand whether you qualify for Medicaid, and we can help you with Medicaid planning so that you can structure your assets to qualify for Medicaid benefits. Our firm can review your application so that it is thorough and complete. The government can take some time to approve an application. There are certain time limits in the law and we can help to make sure the government processes your Medicaid application in a timely way. During this time, your family may need to shoulder the burden of medical care and nursing care for your loved one. Any delay can be costly. The Medicaid law firm at the Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Vero Beach, Florida can review your application, ensure you submit all the documents required, and help you address problems that could impact your eligibility before you send your application.
When submitting your Medicaid application, you should be prepared to give us the following information :
- Proof of income
- List of assets and liabilities
- Proof of citizenship
- Proof of age
- Proof of residence
- Proof of disability
Need help with your Medicaid application? The laws regarding qualification for Medicaid benefits can be complex. The Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Vero Beach, Florida can help you with your application so that you can present the strongest possible case. Facing a denied Medicaid application? Our Medicaid lawyers may be able to help you appeal a denied claim. We have the experience and expertise to help your family. Our senior partner has over 40 years of experience, is double board-certified by the Florida bar in wills trusts and estates as well as in elder law (one of only nine lawyers in the state with those credentials), is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, rated 10.0 by AVVO all of which are indicators of the highest levels of competence and ethical treatment of clients.
Do I Qualify for Medicaid in Florida?
To qualify for Medicaid in Florida, you must meet strict financial eligibility requirements. Medicaid is available to Florida residents who are low income and pregnant, parents to minor children, blind, disabled, or at least 65 years old. Eligibility for Medicaid for the aged and disabled depends on your income and your assets. The income cap for long-term care Medicaid is $2313 per month (it is relatively easy to solve an excess income situation through the use of a qualified income trust which we can prepare and give you accurate instructions for administering) Additionally, if you have countable assets valued over $2000, you may not qualify for Medicaid. Generally the homestead is exempt (at least to the extent of $585,000 of equity) but it is always necessary to get qualified advice as to what should happen to the Homestead if the only occupant is going to a nursing home. Other assets obviously can impact your qualification for certain Medicaid benefits. However, there are ways individuals can structure their income and assets to qualify for Medicaid benefits. Whatever you do, do not transfer assets to anyone other than a spouse or disabled child without expert advice. In the case of a transfer to a disabled child, you should definitely consult with a lawyer because a transfer to a trust is generally going to be much preferred over an outright transfer to a disabled person.
Medicaid planning is one way individuals can properly structure their income and assets ahead of time to prevent being denied benefits because of over qualification . Families that don’t properly structure their assets may have to spend their savings and liquidate their assets to cover nursing home care and other medical needs before Medicaid benefits kick in. A special needs trust is one way in which families can plan so that they don’t have to tap into their savings. If you have a disabled child, a special needs trust is one way that a disabled child can inherit your money without losing Medicaid benefits. If you have questions about how your finances can impact your ability to access Medicaid, speak to the Medicaid law firm at the Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Vero Beach, Florida.
The Importance of Medicaid Planning
Proper end of life planning should include Medicaid planning. Proper Medicaid planning can save you and your family tens, maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars. What happens if a loved one becomes ill and needs nursing home care? Without proper Medicaid planning, families sometimes spend their life savings on this expensive care. The average monthly cost of a skilled nursing home in Florida is over $9000 per month or $108,000 per year. The Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L. in Vero Beach, Florida is a Medicaid law firm that can help you and your family plan for the unexpected. If you have a disabled child or loved one and plan to include them in your will or trust, proper Medicaid planning is essential to ensure that your loved one doesn’t lose access to Medicaid benefits because of his or her inheritance. A special needs trust might be able to protect your disabled loved one’s inheritance and also protect their Medicaid benefits. Contact the Estate, Trust, & Elder Law Firm, P.L., a Medicaid law firm in Vero Beach, Florida today to begin planning.