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Aid & Attendance Benefits

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When planning for long-term care, receiving the right benefits is crucial to keeping your estate solvent and allowing you to maintain your life in comfort. At Marks Elder Law, we have decades of experience helping Pittsburgh residents with estate planning and other elder law matters. Our working knowledge of Pennsylvania law makes us your trusted partner in planning for the future for you and your family.

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Benefits for Veterans and their Families

The U.S. Veterans Administration has made it possible for qualifying veterans or their widows to receive monthly stipends in order to pay for long-term care. These benefits—known as Aid & Attendance—can be used for in-home, assisted living, or nursing home care.

To be eligible for Aid & Attendance, a veteran must:

  • Have served for at least 30 days during a wartime era and have not received an honorable or general (but a dishonorable) discharge
  • Need daily aid and attendance
  • Be unable to pay for the care needed
  • Have less income than the costs of the care

Eligible veterans can receive up to about $2,000 each month for care, and their widows can receive around $1,000 each month.

Should You Apply for Aid & Attendance?

Depending on the costs of the care you are looking to receive, Aid & Attendance benefits can be helpful. However, if your long-term care expenses exceed thousands of dollars each month (such as with nursing home care), you may need to get Medicaid instead to cover the expenses. There will also be a months-long delay after applying to the Veterans’ Administration while they verify your eligibility.

Aid & Attendance benefits are easier to get when your pre-planning and application are done right, so if you feel this is the right solution for you, call Marks Elder Law right away to begin arranging your assets in order to qualify. By acting quickly, you can safely secure your estate before earning benefits.

What Do Applicants Need to Do?

According to Veterans’ Administration guidelines, applicants must prove their long-term care costs are higher than their expected ability to pay based on assets and income. If you have or make too much money, your request will be denied on the grounds that you can afford it yourself. To ensure that your finances meet their requirements, you should meet with a Pittsburgh elder lawyer to make the right decisions.

Ways to reduce excessive net worth can include:

  • Creating accounts jointly held with your children
  • Establishing an Asset Protection Trust to forfeit control
  • Gifting money away

Applying for long-term care benefits under Aid & Attendance is complicated. By working with an experienced Pittsburgh estate planning lawyer, you can better understand your options and how to move forward.

How Marks Elder Law Helps Clients

For nearly 40 years, the team at Marks Elder Law has been providing sound legal advice to those who are trying to understand how to protect what they have worked for and saved and establish a legacy for their families after they are gone. We understand the laws surrounding government-funded care, and have helped many clients to plan effectively for their futures. Because we offer free consultations, you have nothing to lose by calling us and learning more about how to proceed.

Call Marks Elder Law now for a free consultation by dialing (412) 500-9488 or contacting us online.

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