Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand. You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.
The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls. Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails. An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.
Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs. Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible. It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.
Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.
Our Peoria elder law attorneys are dedicated to taking the time to understand your senior planning goals and educate you on the best estate planning techniques to ensure that you and your loved ones are provided for in the long-term. We pride ourselves on our affordable rates and amazing client service.
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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team. Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys. Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us. They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates. We are here to help!
Our Peoria elder law attorneys will assist you and your loved ones in taking advantage of Medicaid benefits in order to pay for long-term care. The cost of long-term care can be incredibly expensive. If you are facing the prospect of long-term care, Medicaid benefits may be an option to cover these costs.
However, in order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, you must be able to show that you have "spent down" all of your non-exempt assets. Medicaid allows you to keep a certain small amount of value in certain types of assets without interfering with eligibility. These are called exemptions. You must spend all of your assets over and above exemption amounts before becoming eligible for Medicaid assistance.
The good news is that, with proper Medicaid planning, you may be able to transfer a significant amount of your assets to your family rather than spending these assets on long-term care. It is important to begin the planning process with our Peoria elder law attorneys as early as possible because Medicaid has a "5-year look back period" which complicates matters. Any transfers made to family members within 5 years of applying for Medicaid may result in a penalty period during with your eligibility for Medicaid will be delayed.
When you pass away, the state is obliged to seek repayment from your estate for Medicaid benefits paid on your behalf for long-term care. If you transfer assets like your family home to your loved ones within 5 years prior to your passing, these transfers can be undone and your family members may be liable for repayment of the proceeds.
Using estate planning tools like irrevocable trusts and life estate deeds, Our Peoria elder law attorneys can help you become eligible for Medicaid while retaining the use of your assets during your lifetime and allowing them to pass to your loved ones at your death without being consumed by long-term care or Medicaid repayment.
Our friendly Peoria elder law attorneys will work with you and your family to develop a comprehensive plan for your golden years.
We can work with you to ensure that you qualify for Medicaid to assist you with long-term care while still retaining as many of your assets as possible for you and your family.
We will also help you prepare a comprehensive estate plan to ensure that when you pass your assets will not be consumed with taxes and probate and that a guardianship proceeding will not be necessary if you are unable to handle your own affairs. Read about Estate Planning.
Kevin O'Flaherty is a founder of Main Street Senior Resources, a group of professionals who work together to provide comprehensive resources for senior planning. We can use our wide network to get you and your family the help you need.
Our Wheaton elder law attorneys discuss goals every estate must consider that establishes a great estate plan for your family. Tools that can be used to accomplish some of these goals are:
We also discuss several more focused goals, such as:
Protecting your assets from creditors and planning for long-term care.At O'Flaherty Law, we know that no estate plan is the same and must be tailored to each individual with their specific needs taken care of, we work with each client to create the best plan that eliminates stress and worry.