Qualify for VA “Aid and Attendance”

Alabama veterans who received an honorable discharge and who served during a time of war (WW II, Korean War, Vietnam or Gulf War) and who are disabled or 65 may be entitled to receive up to over $2000 a month in tax free benefits. This can be used to pay for home health or the cost of an assisted living facility and can slow down or stop the path to having to enter a nursing home.

Read our articles and watch our videos to find out more about this wonderful benefit that unfortunately only about 10% of eligible veterans receive.

You may want to start with our article “FAQ on Aid and Attendance for Alabama Veterans”.

FAQ on VA Pension (Aid and Attendance) for Alabama Veterans

FAQ on VA Pension (Aid & Attendance) for Alabama Veterans

The VA Aid &FAQ on VA Pension (Aid and Attendance) for Alabama Veterans Attendance (Special Pension) is a remarkable benefit for Alabama veterans and widows of veterans.

There is not much known about this benefit by many veterans.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few scams out there and then simply inaccurate information is constantly being repeated.

So we have made this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to answer as many of the questions that may be on your mind … (Read more)


Concerned About How To Pay For Long Term Care in 2017? Start Here.

Are You Struggling To Figure Out How To Pay For Long Term Care For A Loved One In A Nursing Home?

long term careWe often think that Alabama Medicaid is the only way to pay for nursing home for our spouse or parent.

However, Medicaid is simply one solution among a number of solutions.

To properly determine how to pay for nursing home care, we have to look at the risk and then all of the options before we can adopt a … (Read more)


VA Aid and Attendance: 2017 Rates For Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Find out about the VA Aid and Attendance rates for 2017 for qualifying veterans and surviving spouses.

We talk about the VA Pension — Aid and Attendance (as it is normally called) — often on this site as it is such an important benefit for veterans and surviving spouses.  But what exactly are all the rates in 2017?

Do keep in mind that in virtually every situation we are able to help someone, they received the “Aid & Attendance” rates.  … (Read more)


“Should I take elder law advice from non lawyer professionals such as my CPA or financial advisor?”

“Who should I take professional advice from?”

This is a big issue because professionals of all types (doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, CPAs, social workers, etc) and others love to give advice outside their area of expertise.

So what’s the problem with this?

A professional should only advise you on areas that professional is competent in!

Any professional should be competent in his or her area.

A problem happens when that professional lets ego to get to them and they start … (Read more)


“What is an annuity under Elder Law?”

Many times when we’re helping families plan long term care, or maybe helping out families who are in a long term care crisis, the subject of annuities tends to come up.

An annuity under Elder Law is where we turn an asset into a steady stream of income.

We give money to the insurance company, and they hand us back a contract that says, “We will give you X amount of money back over a span of Y months.”

This … (Read more)


Is it illegal to transfer assets under Alabama Medicaid or VA Pension?

“Is it wrong to give them away?”

No. It’s not wrong to give away or to transfer assets assuming the person giving them away has the mental capacity, or if they don’t have capacity, somebody has a proper power attorney and they’re fulfilling that power of attorney in the correct way.

“I thought Medicaid said it was illegal to give away assets for five years?”

If you give away assets and then you apply for Medicaid when you’re qualified, then (Read more)


Definition of Estate Planning and Elder Law Words

The purpose of this section is to give you a short definition of many of the common words used in estate planning and elder law.  Within each definition, the italicized terms are listed in this glossary so you can find the definition of those as well.  Let me know any other words you would like to see added to this in the next edition — thanks!  (This is from our upcoming book).

Activities of Daily Living (ADL):  These are activities (Read more)