June 16, 2019










Long Island Elder Law

Established Long Island Elder Attorney

As a trusted Long Island elder attorney, Andrew M. Lamkin advises families on how to protect their assets against the ever increasing costs of long-term care and the importance of advanced directives such as Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. In addition, our office can assist you with non-legal issues such as nursing home placement, retirement planning, and long-term care insurance.

  • Do you know someone who is disabled to the point where they require the assistance of a home health aide or nursing home care?
  • Have you thought about how you would finance the cost of long-term care?
  • Do you know that with the proper planning you may qualify for Medicaid?
  • Do you know what type of advanced planning can be done?
  • Have you executed a Living Will, Health Care Proxy or Power of Attorney?
  • Do you have a child who is disabled and is receiving SSI or Medicaid benefits?
  • Do you currently pay privately for home care services? If so, are you concerned that you would not be able to retain the person you currently employ?

Medicaid Planning and Applications

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays for a home health aide or nursing home for qualifying individuals. Many believe that they cannot qualify for Medicaid. This is a very common misconception. The truth is that with the proper planning, many can qualify. We can work together to create a plan that will protect your assets and make you eligible for benefits when you need them.

In New York, Medicaid applications are filed with the local Department of Social Services in the county where the individual resides and with the NYC Human Resources Administration for those who reside in New York City. Whether you require the assistance of a home health aide (community-based Medicaid) or need to reside in a nursing home, the committed Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. will work with the home health agency or Nursing home to ensure a smooth transition and maximum coverage.

Many believe that if they have assets in their name and require care immediately, they must “spend-down” their assets before applying for Medicaid. This is incorrect. There are ways to transfer assets so that your Medicaid application will be approved without having to “spend-down” everything.

An established trusted Long Island elder lawyer, Andrew M. Lamkin is experienced with the various ways to transfer assets and can devise a plan that will protect the most under the law.

Durable Powers of Attorney

If you would like to allow a family member or friend to make legal decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated, Andrew M. Lamkin can assist you in appointing one such individual through a Durable Power of Attorney. Having this appointment can allow that trusted individual to legally handle many different financial aspects, including banking matters, all litigation, real estate, insurance questions, government benefits owed, and much more.

Last Will and Testament

Specifically in the case of elder law, wills can be essential for determining how assets are distributed after a loved one passes. If there is no will, financial matters must be decided by the State of New York, which can cause a lot of stress on the family. The Probate process is made much easier when a Last Will and Testament is present.

The Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C. is fully equipped to help you define the terms of your Last Will and Testament based on the needs of your family. If having a will in place seems like the right choice to you, contact our office today.

Trusts

In New York, individuals have the option of creating trusts as a way of protecting their assets. Trusts can own the grantor’s assets, such as property, bank accounts, or even insurance policies. The grantor generally names an individual (called a trustee) to manage financial aspects of the trust. Through the trustee, these assets can be managed and protected until being distributed to the beneficiaries after a loved one’s passing.

Because there are several different trust options, finding the one that best suits your family’s needs is important and often involves the services of an attorney. Contact our respected and knowledgeable New York elder attorney is discuss your needs.

Guardianships

A Guardianship proceeding may be required when an individual no longer has the capacity to manage their affairs or make their own health care decisions. If you need to make decisions for a loved one who recently became incapacitated, you may need to file a Petition for Guardianship with the Supreme Court in the County where your loved one resides. This proceeding is a complex legal procedure that requires the assistant of an attorney experienced in these matters. The Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. can help make this difficult situation easier for you and your family.

Consult a Trusted Long Island Elder Attorney Today

The Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin P.C. understands how complex elder law can become, especially in the State of New York. He has been assisting his clients with all of their Medicare and Medicaid, Durable Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts, and Guardianship matters for several years. When you work with his office, you can rest assured that an experienced, professional attorney is on your side.

Not sure how to go about starting the process? Do you have questions about your or a loved one’s legal matters that you just cannot find the answer to?

Call 516-605-0625 or contact him online to schedule an appointment with a skilled Long Island elder lawyer and find answers to your questions. Don’t delay – these matters often become complex, and legal assistance is always recommended.

Contact our New York elder law lawyer, Attorney Lamkin today and my office can promise that the consultation will be convenient for you and your family: In fact, I am available to meet with you at your home or my office.

“Andrew and his staff provided professional and compassionate service throughout the application process. His experience and expertise made the process seamless and concluded with a favorable outcome in a very timely manner. “

Mann Lopez