PK Law Attorney Kimberly Battaglia Answers Your Elder Care Questions

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Am I allowed to keep all of my Social Security and pension if I am in a nursing home and Medicaid is paying for my care?

Are the rules for Medicaid different in each state?

Are there alternatives for managing property when a person becomes incapacitated?

Are there any powers over my property I cannot give?

Are there ways for me to protect some of my assets and still be eligible for Medicaid benefits?

Can all elder law attorneys handle all issues that come up in an elder law context?

Can I add my daughter’s or son’s name to my bank account instead of having a power of attorney?

Can I be barred from Medicaid if I just moved into Maryland?

Can I give my agent under a power of attorney the power to make health care decisions for me?

Can I have a durable power of attorney that becomes effective only in the future?

Can I name more than one person as agent?

Can I require my agent to provide me a monthly or annual account?

Can I use a reverse mortgage program to help with finances?

Do all attorneys practice elder law?

Do children have to pay for a parent to be in a nursing home?

Can I name more than one person as agent?

Can I require my agent to provide me a monthly or annual account?

Can I use a reverse mortgage program to help with finances?

Do all attorneys practice elder law?

Do children have to pay for a parent to be in a nursing home?

Do I have to have my power of attorney recorded at the County Clerk’s office?

Do I need a will?

Does an agent have any responsibility to use his or her own money to support me?

How do I figure out what the penalty period is for transferring property?

How do I select a nursing home?

How does a power of attorney terminate?

How does an agent use a power of attorney?

How does someone apply for Medicaid benefits?

How much does nursing home care cost?

How much of my assets can be saved?

I am single. What happens to all of my money if I have to go to a nursing home?

I heard that I am only allowed to keep $50 of income if I am in a nursing home. Is that true?

If I enter a nursing home as a private pay resident, do I have to use my assets before I can get Medicaid?

If I gave things away, do I have to wait five years to get Medicaid?

If I give my agent immediate powers, do I forfeit all rights to make financial decisions?

If I go into a nursing home and my wife stays home, how much of my income can she keep?

If I need a nursing home, will my spouse and children lose everything?

If my spouse and I own everything jointly, might a durable power of attorney still be useful?

Is a spouse required to use all of his or her money to pay for the nursing home costs of the other spouse?

Is property held in an applicant’s revocable living trust a countable asset for Medicaid eligibility purposes?

Must the individual or individuals I appoint as an agent live in the same state?

My parents live with me. Can they use their money to help pay for some of the expenses?

Once I appoint a health care agent, can I change my mind?

Once I sign a durable power of attorney, can I change my mind?

Our entire family works together to take care of our mother. Can we be paid for the things we do for her?

Should I add my family member’s name on my assets and avoid a will?

Should I have a power of attorney for healthcare?

Should I notify my bank about a durable power of attorney?

Should I talk with the person I intend to appoint before completing a durable power of attorney?

Under a power of attorney, can my agent make a gift on my behalf?

What are some of the common mistakes in Medicaid-asset protection planning?

What are the formalities of signing a power of attorney?

What do I need to do in order to start an asset protection plan for Medicaid planning purposes?

What documents do I need before we proceed with a Medicaid application?

What documents should I have in my estate plan that will help me plan for long term care?

What does Medicaid consider an available asset when determining Medicaid eligibility?

What does spend down mean?

What does transfer for less than value mean?

What happens if my agent does things that are wrong or not what I want?

What is a durable power of attorney?

What is a health care proxy?

What is a power of attorney?

What is an advance directive?

What is elder law?

What is hospice?

What is long term care?

What is Medicaid?

What is respite care?

What is the difference between a general and a limited power of attorney?

What is the difference between an assisted living residence and a nursing home?

What is the penalty period with Medicaid?

What powers can I give through a power of attorney?

What should I consider when developing a long term care plan in Maryland?

What should I do if I revoke the durable power of attorney?

What should my parents know before considering senior housing options?

What steps should I take to protect my house in case of nursing home costs?

When does a power of attorney become effective?

Who can act as an agent under a power of attorney?

Who can create a power of attorney?

Who can serve as my health care agent?

Why should I hire an elder law attorney?

Why should I use an elder law attorney to help me apply for Medicaid benefits?

Will Medicaid pay for assisted living?

Will Medicare pay for a stay at a nursing home?

Will my agent charge for services rendered?

Will my loved one get worse care in the nursing home once Medicaid starts paying for her care?