Elder Law is an evolving practice area. As people are living longer there is more of a possibility that one will be disabled and/or require long-term nursing home care prior to one's passing. Many people do not realize that Medicare provides very limited coverage when one must enter a nursing home. Medicare only covers nursing home stays that involve stays for short-term rehabilitation. Medicare provides no coverage for strictly custodial care.
Nursing homes cost hundreds of dollars per day! These crushing costs can quickly deplete one's life savings. With proper planning many of your assets can be preserved while still receiving the best level of care available. Let The Law Offices of Joseph A. Marra, PLLC help you obtain peace of mind by knowing that you have properly planned for your future, or the future of an elderly parent.
The Law Offices of Joseph A. Marra, PLLC servicing the Bronx and Westchester County with offices in Yonkers and Somers NY is an expert in Elder Law, having helped many seniors and their families with tailored Elder Law services. Mr. Marra has lectured to other attorneys and community groups on Elder Law, Medicaid planning, Estate Planning and related areas of practice.
From Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning and protecting your rights in nursing home negligence cases, we have the experienced team to achieve the results you’re looking for. Planning early for long-term care will give you peace of mind. Long-term care can be funded in numerous ways, some of which are most distasteful such as depleting your own assets and borrowing from family members and friends. With proper planning you could qualify for Medicaid or purchase a long term care insurance policy. (There is a limited Medicare benefit available to some, but not all nursing home residents.) We can help you understand your options and eligibility. Even if you or a loved one are about to enter the nursing home it may still not be too late to plan!
At our initial meeting Joseph A. Marra will sit down with you in order to get a full understanding of your individual circumstances including your financial situation, the dynamics of your family, your health concerns as well as your feelings on issues involving long term planning. He will then propose a plan of action customized to your individual needs.
Elder law services include:
Health Care Proxies
A health care proxy is a document that appoints the individual who can legally make healthcare decisions on another person’s behalf behalf when they are incapable of making the decision themselves.
The best time to plan for long-term care is when you’re healthy. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents failed to do so and wind up exhausting their assets on the cost of long-term care. We review your options for care and protect the assets of your loved ones, even at the time you or a loved one is entering a long-term care facility or is already a nursing home resident.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint an individual to manage your financial affairs. There are different levels of control. For instance, a General POA gives an individual broad powers, while a Special POA allows you to set exactly what powers are transferred. A properly drafted POA should survive any disability you may suffer. However, all Powers of Attorney end upon the death of the principal.
Nursing Home Negligence
Unfortunately nursing home negligence often goes unreported, according to a 2017 report from the Department of Health and Human Services. We have made it a priority to help protect the aging population and will vigorously fight for their rights. If you or a loved one have suffered abuse or negligent care please give us a call.