Elder Law, estate planning, Financial Planning, Long Term Care, Medicaid

Is Your Estate Plan a Life Plan or a Death Plan?

By Rick L. Law of the Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law in suburban Aurora, IL Over the years, I have learned to distinguish between traditional estate planning (a Death Plan) versus longevity planning (a Life Plan). The traditional estate plan is triggered into action by someone’s death. An eldercare estate plan, while being fashioned in accordance with traditional estate plan concepts, is initially triggered into implementation by a long-term illness diagnosis. Obviously, anyone can die a sudden death anywhere along life’s trajectory, but if the person remains alive and well during the healthy vigorous senior stage, they may eventually become a declining senior with memory or mobility issues, which means they will have different health-care needs.  They now have a long-term health-care condition, which causes them to start paying out-of-pocket for numerous health-care expenses. Almost all health-care insurance policies and Medicare are designed to pay for acute-care illness and injury (which means that you will get better and return home).  These health-care policies and Medicare do not pay for long-term care expenses. In addition to longevity estate planning, Law Elderlaw serves people who need crisis planning, such as those who:  

  • have been residing in a long-term-care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted/supported living facility;
  • have an immediate need to go to a long-term care facility or assisted/supported living facility;
  • have been living at home alone or with relatives and are paying for full-time care;
  • have been living at home or with a child and the child has been providing a majority of the care; or
  • wish to continue to live at home and need to access governmental benefits to pay for care.
Too many families needlessly lose everything they have. Don’t let that be you. If you need help paying the overwhelming cost of long term care, give our office a call at 800-310-3100 or 630-585-5200. Your first consultation is absolutely free. We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to protect yourself and your family. Call now, because when you’re out of money, you’re out of options! Sincerely, Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees. Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care.