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Schaumburg Elder Law Attorneys

Schaumburg Elder Law Attorneys

Lawyers Assisting With Estate Planning and End of Life Care in the Northwest Suburbs

Creating an estate plan which specifies how your property will be distributed to your heirs after your death and how your last wishes should be carried out is one of the most important decisions you can make during your life. However, estate planning encompasses more than just what happens after you die; it should also take into account the care you will receive as you reach an advanced age.

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our experienced elder law attorneys can work with you to make sure you are able to receive the long term care you need while protecting your assets and avoiding any financial burden to your family.

Planning for Long Term Care

It is likely that you will need some form of long term care when you reach the later years in your life, whether you receive that care at home or as a resident in a nursing home or assisted living facility. You should be sure you have made plans to establish durable power of attorney for healthcare that will allow your family members to arrange for your care in case you are unable to make these decisions for yourself.

It is also important to plan for how to pay for the care you receive. A living trust can be created to specify how your assets will be used to provide for your care, but there may be additional options available to you that will allow you to protect your assets and pass them on to your heirs. These benefits include:

  • Social Security and Medicaid - Elderly people are usually eligible for needs-based assistance such as Medicaid and Social Security Income (SSI), which can be used to pay healthcare costs. We can assist with applying for Medicaid benefits and appealing any denials of benefits. We can also help you plan for Medicaid eligibility through the use of an OBRA special needs trust or Medicaid payback trust, which can be used to set your existing financial assets aside and use them for other needs while maintaining eligibility for benefits.
  • Veteran's Benefits - Veterans and their spouses (including surviving widows) who receive a pension from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be eligible for additional benefits to pay for long term medical care. These include Aid & Attendance payments for people who require assistance for everyday functions or reside in a nursing home, and Housebound payments for people who are confined to their home most of the time due to a disability. Our attorneys can assist you throughout the complex process of filing claims for these benefits.

Protecting Your Family's Financial Security

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., we understand how decisions made during the estate planning process can affect you and your family for years to come. Our knowledgeable elder law attorneys will work with you to determine your best options for meeting your needs as you near the end of your life while preserving your assets to provide for your family after your death. Contact our Schaumburg law office at 847-995-9999 to schedule a free consultation.

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