Certified Medicaid Planner Board Member
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
We Have You Covered.
VA Aid and Attendance Planning
Veterans who have served our country during a time of war and their surviving spouses are eligible to receive a reimbursement for in-home care and assisted living costs. Medicaid will pay the cost of nursing home care. The application, approval and appeals process is extremely complicated and takes preparation and planning.
Believe it or not, you have an estate. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, personal possessions. No matter how large or how modest, everyone has an estate and something in common—you can’t take it with you when you die.
Medicaid and Medicare Planning
Nursing home costs can be astronomically expensive. $7000-$8000 a month will wipe out the life savings of most people in a year or two. Long-term Care Medicaid is a state and federal partnership that pays for nursing home costs for qualified individuals and married couples. Becoming Medicaid eligible is an extremely complicated process and requires knowledge of laws, rules, policies and processes. Attorney Zachary Derr is a Certified Medicaid Planner and helps clients strategically plan for Medicaid needs, become Medicaid eligible and appeal Medicaid administrative rulings.
Sometimes our loved ones have diminished capacity and are unable to responsibly make decisions or manage their financial affairs. Sometimes they are the victims of elder abuse. Sadly, the abuser is sometimes an overbearing family member. The courts provide a legal remedy where a trusted individual can be designated as a legal guardian to protect the loved one and give a trusted guardian care over the management of their lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Studies have shown that people are sometimes afraid to talk to an attorney because they don’t know who to call or how much it will cost. We are dedicated to educating the public and helping prospective clients learn what they need before they decide to hire us.
Will you tell me how much it will cost?
For most matters, we charge a flat fee. That means that you know what the cost will be before we begin and you do not have to worry about being charged every time you call or email us. If we are going to be filing a lawsuit in court, or it will be adversarial, the fee will generally be billed at our standard rate. We also do some cases on a contingency basis, meaning that you do not pay us anything if we don’t’ win. If we win, you pay us a percentage of what the money you get from the court.
Do I have to have a trust to keep the government from taking my money when I die?
It all depends on your net worth and if you will be applying for government benefits at the end of your life. We can draft an estate plan for you that will help you avoid taxes and estate recovery for government benefits.
Do you offer free consultations?
Yes. Please contact us and we will give you a free initial consultation and provide you with an estimate on what it would cost to resolve your legal matter.