Medicaid Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Plan Now to Help Your Vulnerable Family Member
Too often, the families of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia find themselves in guardianship proceedings as the only way to transfer control of their loved ones’ assets. Once guardianship is established, the assets are in the hands of the court — this court control may yield results contrary to the true wishes and desires of the person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
By implementing an appropriate estate plan during the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you may be able to prevent the wasting of assets. You may also determine how your assets are used for your care. The Medicaid planning attorneys of Wright Abshire can help. Contact us today to learn about our services for Alzheimer’s patients and others who need effective Medicaid planning.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Planning for Medicaid
Eventually, most people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will need continuous licensed nursing care in a nursing home. With proper planning, Medicaid will pay for most or all of the nursing home expenses, for many people.
However, proper advance planning really is necessary. In cases where a family member is developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, early planning is especially important. The family member needs to make decisions about financial matters while he or she still has the mental capacity to do so.
If you do nothing, your family member is likely to end up in a guardianship proceeding subject to court control and out of the hands of the family.
Wright Abshire, Attorneys: Practicing Elder Law Since 1982
For more than 25 years, the lawyers at Wright Abshire have dedicated their practice to protecting the legal rights and financial security of elderly and disabled people and their surviving family members.
Both of the firm’s partners, Wesley E. Wright and Molly Dear Abshire, are Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) by the National Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Wright and Ms. Abshire are Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Also, Mr. Wright is a member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), an invitation-only national organization committed to helping people who have family members with special needs. Ms. Abshire is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers throughout the United States.
Contact Us Today for a Consultation
Our lawyers are always available to consult with new clients — either regarding Medicaid planning for the future or an emergency Medicaid situation. To schedule a confidential appointment, send us an e-mail or call us toll-free at 979-278-4095.
From our offices in Bellaire, The Woodlands and Carmine, Texas, we represent clients throughout the Houston area as well as statewide. We also represent clients from other states with elderly family members in Texas. Our attorneys can make home, hospital or nursing home visits outside of the Houston area when necessary. And in some cases, many of our legal services can be provided over the telephone for our clients’ convenience.