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Nearly 70 percent of all seniors will need long-term care in their lifetime.

If you have a will and power of attorney, you may still be missing a key part of your estate plan – a trust. A trust could avoid your assets being subject to your nursing home costs.

A trust is a legal arrangement, often between parents and children, that protects your home, savings and investments. When the trust settlor passes away, their children receive their assets.

You may benefit from a trust if you:

  • are between the ages of 65-80
  • want to protect your assets
  • aspire to leave a legacy for your family
  • have a child, grandchild, or other potential beneficiary with a disability
  • and/or have set aside money to prepare for long-term care.

We're here to put our in-depth knowledge to work for you. There isn't a cookie-cutter answer – that’s why we take time to listen and learn about your situation before recommending a plan of action to prepare for long-term care.

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Your law firm was hired to set up a Trust for my parents as their health declined and payments for nursing homes were needed. With the passing of my father, then my mother, your law firm managed the settling and distribution of my parents’ assets. We will hold your law firm in the highest regard and cannot imagine completing this process without your help.

-David

Get a head start by reviewing the wealth of resources we have available for you.

Just the Basics: Asset Protection Trusts
Asset protection trusts are a powerful tool that we can use to help you protect your assets from the cost of long-term care. How does a trust work? What do you put in a trust? What are the benefits of a trust? We answer these questions and more.
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When Trust Planning is Appropriate
Although each case is different, one strategy elder law attorneys frequently propose involves trust planning to protect assets from nursing home costs. There are some common scenarios where trust planning may be appropriate.
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How to Protect Your Home from Care Costs
We know you’re wondering – can a nursing home take my house? For many people, their home is their major and most precious asset. Unfortunately, without advance planning, your home may be at risk of being lost to the cost of long-term care.
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Blog Posts

What to Consider When Choosing a Trustee: Select an ACE
One of the most important aspects of creating a trust is to ensure that you have selected the appropriate trustee(s). Of course, above all, you must trust the person(s) serving in this role, but there are other factors to consider as well.
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Special Planning for Special Needs
Having a child, grandchild, or other potential beneficiary with a disability makes estate planning challenging. The rules are complicated and it’s easy to make a mistake. Learn a few common mistakes to avoid as you plan.
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How to Avoid Medicaid Estate Recovery
Few families can afford to pay $100,000 a year or more to a nursing home. While Medicaid provides relief, you want to make sure your assets are protected from the Medicaid Estate Recovery.
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