Capable Medicaid And Elder Law Advocacy

Elder law refers to legal matters and planning strategies relating to the elderly planning for incapacity and long-term care, assuring eligibility for available government benefits and disposition of your estate when you die.

Livens & Reed provides comprehensive planning services to coordinate all of these matters to your maximum advantage. We represent retirement age clients or their legal guardians and caregivers. Arrange a free consultation today to discuss your specific situation with our experienced lawyer and staff.

Estate Planning With A Focus On Medicaid Eligibility

The further in advance you plan, the more latitude you will have in protecting assets and keeping them in the family. But it is never too late. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in all aspects of elder law such as:

  • Estate planning concerns: You can't assume that your family will know your wishes (or always act in your best interests). We can establish wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney, and living wills if you have not done so, or update your existing documents.
  • Medicaid planning strategies: We can shelter most assets without disqualifying a person for Medicaid, even when an elderly person has already entered nursing home care or is about to. We have a former Medicaid employee on staff who can help clients choose a qualifying nursing care or assisted living facility.
  • Veterans Aid and Attendance planning: With proper planning, a military veteran or surviving spouse may qualify for VA benefits even if income or assets exceed the criteria.
  • Long-term care insurance: We have several licensed employees who can help you select the appropriate long-term care plan for you.
  • Special-needs trust creation: If an elderly person cannot manage his or her own affairs because of mental incapacity, we can establish a third-party trust to maintain Medicaid and SSI eligibility without depleting their assets.

A true elder law attorney understands the interplay between these legal issues. We can advise on federal program eligibility, allowable gifting of assets, Miller and supplemental needs trusts, and estate tax planning and make it all work.

Serving The Elderly

Call 800-569-2663 or email us to arrange a free initial consultation. Our office is wheelchair accessible, with convenient same-level street parking. Based in Bedford, we serve Tarrant County and Dallas County, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and clients throughout Texas.