Learn These Perfectly Legal Techniques to Protect Your Assets and Income From the Devastating Costs of Long Term Care
Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Medicaid Attorney
What is a Look Back Period and How
Does it Apply to New Jersey Eligibility?
Federal and state law allows you to legally and ethically protect your assets and income. But doing so requires skilled planning and a thorough understanding of those lawful techniques that have been successfully used in the past and are being used in the present. But make no mistake about it; Medicaid law changes often. In fact, asset and income protection techniques that were rejected by the state several years ago are today approved and vice versa. You’ll need a guide to get you through it.
Protecting your assets and income against devastating long-term care costs is not only legal, it’s ethical.
The United States Supreme Court reinforced this principal when it ruled that each of us has
“the legal right to decrease the amount of his or her taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted.”
Generally speaking, the strategies we use at Hanlon Niemann address permissible spend downs, the prepayment of eligible expenses and converting countable assets to non-countable assets, like income producing property, single premium “no cash value” annuities, etc. We look to convert non-exempt assets into streams of income that can be made available to a community spouse, disabled child, relative and even the applicant himself or herself.
We also utilize leverage and borrowing techniques and personal service contracts to maximize the resources available to individuals.
Finally, and with sufficient pre-planning, one can employ gifting strategies to family members and/or irrevocable trusts which can achieve Medicaid eligibility before or after the 5 year look-back period.
Since a person’s home is often their most valuable asset, we can even employ strategies to protect your home as well. The home occupies a unique position in Medicaid planning and when dealing with the home, its goal is one of protecting it from estate recovery following the death of the owner who may be a nursing home resident/Medicaid recipient.
Is it worth it to explore protecting your income and assets? I think so. Call me today and let’s go over your family’s present and future long-term health care needs. I’ll give you many ideas and things to think about to make an informed decision.
Don’t be tomorrow’s family who says “I wish I had come to see you “X” years ago; we could have avoided or at least minimized the economic loss we are about to face.”
I look forward to meeting with you soon.
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