Category Archives: Elder Law

Planning for Long Term Care in Arizona

© 2014 Written by ALTCS Attorney Scott Jensen Long term care in Arizona is expensive.  The average cost per month in Maricopa County is $6,646.35.  Navigating the application process can be overwhelming.  Decisions include finding a place to live, how … Continue reading

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Responsibilities of a Fiduciary under Common Estate Planning Documents

 © 2014 Written by Scottsdale Elder Law Attorney Scott Jensen Personal Representative under a Will:  A Personal Representative has the responsibility to distribute the tangible personal property (furniture etc.) to beneficiaries after someone passes away.  Additionally they are to identify … Continue reading

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Elder Law and Having a Current Estate Plan in Place

© 2014 Written by Arizona Elder Law Attorney Scott Jensen Under the Arizona Long Term Care System, which is Arizona’s Medicaid program, certain individuals may be eligible for governmental help with the costs of long term care.  However, planning ahead … Continue reading

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Preparing Ahead of Time: Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship and Conservatorship

© 2014 Written by Attorney Scott Jensen I once heard someone ask “when did Noah build the ark?”  Answer…  “before the storm”.  Many times there is the temptation to put off the difficult tasks in life with the hope that … Continue reading

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Arizona Elder Law and ALTCS Planning

© 2013 Written by Sun Lakes Elder Law Attorney Scott Jensen With the increasing costs of long term care, it can be stressful when trying to find options for care for themselves or a loved one.  Many try to pay … Continue reading

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Conservatorship for an Incapacitated Adult – a Basic Overview

While a guardian is someone appointed for an incapacitated adult to make healthcare and  lifestyle decisions for that person, a conservator is appointed to manage the finances of an incapacitated adult.  Guardianships and conservatorships may be established independently or jointly.  A … Continue reading

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Congress Considering 3 Year Look back Period for Veterans Benefits

Under current Federal Law, there is no look back period for VA benefits under the Aid and Attendance or Homebound pension.  The current U.S. Congressional session is looking at changing this. Currently, a veteran can transfer funds in order to become eligible … Continue reading

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Nursing Home and Medicaid Rules and Regulations that Consumers Need to Know

  Federal Law (42 USC § 1396-r) prohibits nursing homes from discriminating against residents on the basis of their source of payment.  There is no time requirement before applying for Medicaid, and people can move from one state to another … Continue reading

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My elderly mother needs help managing her finances. Should I just have her add me to her bank accounts?

This can be a very difficult and sensitive situation and I understand the impulse to deal with it as quickly and easily as possible. However, I am always surprised by how often folks in this situation come to the conclusion … Continue reading

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ALTCS-ARIZONA MEDICAID PROTECTIONS FOR THE HEALTHY SPOUSE

The Arizona Medicaid program that provides long term care benefits for qualified individuals known as the Arizona Long Term Care System commonly known as ALTCS provides special protections for the spouses of Medicaid applicants to make sure the healthy spouse … Continue reading

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