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Should You Pay a Lawyer for an Initial Family Law Consultation?

Should You Pay a Lawyer for an Initial Family Law Consultation?

You will be hard pressed to find a lawyer that doesn’t charge for an initial divorce consultation, or initial divorce assessment as we call it. And there is a simple reason for that – first, if we didn’t charge for this meeting our days would be...
Why Should You Hire an Elder Law Attorney?

Why Should You Hire an Elder Law Attorney?

Why should someone hire an elder law attorney is a question that I get with a great deal of frequency. Many prospective clients want to know what benefit they will get by hiring an elder law attorney, and whether the cost to do so makes it worthwhile. This is a...

2018 North Carolina Medicaid and Special Assistance Rates

Here is a quick rundown of the current Medicaid and Special Assistance Rates in North Carolina as of January 1, 2018. Some other areas of this website may provide different numbers – these are the current and updated rates as of May 2018. Thank you to Bob Mason...
How to Pay for an Assisted Living Facility in North Carolina?

How to Pay for an Assisted Living Facility in North Carolina?

While many North Carolina Seniors cannot live independently at home, they still do not need the round the clock care that a skilled nursing facility provides. For these individuals, an assisted living facility may be the best option. An assisted living facility will...

What is the Timeline to Apply for Medicaid and Spend Down Assets?

One of the most commonly asked questions I get is “what is the timeline to apply for Medicaid and do the spend down?” In other words, once we have a plan in place, how does this whole process work? There are basically 5 stages to the process of applying for Medicaid....
Do You Need an Estate Plan?

Do You Need an Estate Plan?

It’s been awhile since I wrote about a question as simple as “do you need an estate plan?” However, yesterday I received a call from a potential client who was frustrated because his wife of 40 years needed to be hospitalized and the doctors and staff at the hospital...
What is a Wealth Preservation Trust and Why is it Important?

What is a Wealth Preservation Trust and Why is it Important?

One of the greatest tools available to estate planning and elder law attorneys is the irrevocable Wealth Preservation Trust. If you are like me when I first heard about this type of trust, you are probably thinking “that sounds cool, what is it?” Before we get into...
What is the Cost of Failing to Plan?

What is the Cost of Failing to Plan?

Yesterday I met with a client who had hired me to help him to determine how to navigate the minefield that is Medicaid Planning for his mother. I had already drafted a family asset protection letter for him, outlining the specific facts of his mother’s situation and...