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Elder Law Terms

Elder Law Terms

  • Elder Law

    The practice of planning for incapacity during one’s lifetime as well as distribution of one’s assets upon their passing, with an added focus of planning with long-term care in mind.  The focus of the Elder Law attorney is to help  clients plan for the possibility of needing long-term care while protecting the home and other assets.

  • Medicaid

    A “needs based” State and Federally funded health insurance program for individuals of all ages who meet certain asset and income requirements.

  • Guardian

    A court appointed individual who is responsible for handling the financial and personal/medical affairs of another person who has been adjudicated incapacitated.

  • Long Term Care

    Care designed to meet a person’s health and/or personal needs that can be received in the home, an assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.

  • Look-Back Period

    The five year period (60 months) preceding the date an individual submits their application for Medicaid benefits.

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