The hot issue in the media today is Obamacare. There is obviously much confusion, misunderstanding and strife in matters affecting our health care.
One issue that has for a long time been of real concern is what happens if you have to go into a nursing home or other long-term care arrangement. People have mistakenly believed that their health care insurance, including Medicare, would take care of them in such a situation. That is not correct.
If you have to go into long-term care, and you have not put in place appropriate planning, you will be forced to spend down everything you have except for $2,000 before the state will participate in the expense of your care. Too many of us have seen families that have lost everything they have to provide such care. The proper application of public benefit triggers, if drafted into your estate plan, can save over half of your assets.
Our firm does not advocate that people who can and should contribute to their long-term care expenses should avoid all responsibility for themselves. However, given what people have paid in taxes over the years, most would prefer to leave what they can to their children, charities, or other beneficiaries. Only by proper planning can you accomplish this.
If your estate plan does not have the public benefit triggers, it would be a very good idea to see how they can be added. If you are not sure if your plan has the triggers, please feel free to visit with us for a review.
Contributed by MH Phoenix, Cave Creek and Flagstaff Estate Planning Attorney B. West Hunsaker.
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