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What to Do If Your Medicaid/ALTCS Application Is Denied

If you apply for long-term care assistance through Medicaid [ALTCS in Arizona] and your application is denied, it may feel hopeless. The good news is that you can appeal the decision. Medicaid is a program for low-income individuals, so it has strict income and asset eligibility requirements. Qualifying for ALTCS

Professional Trustee: Corporate vs. Licensed Fiduciary?

Should you appoint a professional to handle your trust or estate?  A crucial part of estate planning is selecting the right individual to make decisions for you when you are unable to, whether due to your death or incapacity.  This may be under your trust, will or powers of attorney

Guardianship: When Can Someone Be Declared Legally Incapacitated?

If a loved one is experiencing memory loss or suddenly making poor decisions, you may want the court to appoint a guardian, which requires a declaration of incapacity. Determining whether someone is incapacitated to make their own decisions is a complicated process. What is a Guardian? If a loved one

ABLE Accounts vs. Special Needs Trusts: Why Not Have It All?

If you have a child with disabilities, it is crucial to set money aside for the child’s future. At the same time, you need to consider your child’s access to public benefit programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as the state and federal tax implications.

What is the Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning?

Lots of people don’t fully understand the difference between elder law and estate planning— and that’s okay! We get it. Many elder law attorneys also specialize in estate planning, as the two often go hand in hand. This can make it a little confusing to differentiate one from the other.

What is the ALTCS Five Year Look Back Policy?

Many people fear the ALTCS/Medicaid Five-Year Look Back Policy—and they should!  (ALTCS stands for Arizona Long Term Care System, which is Arizona’s Medicaid program for long term care, such as assisted living or nursing homes.) The Policy is intended to punish ALTCS applicants or recipients who attempt to hide their

Veterans Benefits for Assisted Living?

Yes! You may qualify for Veterans benefits for assisted living. The Veterans Administration offers an Aid and Attendance Pension to reimburse wartime Veterans and their surviving spouses for out of pocket medical and care expenses.  Never heard of that?  Not many have because their military service may have been decades

The Attorney’s Role in Medicaid Planning

Do you need an attorney for even “simple” Medicaid (ALTCS) planning? This depends on your situation, but in most cases, the prudent answer would be “yes.” (ALTCS is Arizona’s long term care Medicaid insurance program.) The social worker at your mother’s nursing home assigned to assist in preparing a Medicaid