Attorney Alison Bartlett- O’Donald has vast experience in counseling and representation of elders and younger individuals with disabling illnesses and their families. She has worked successfully with other professional advisers on the complex issues facing these clients to ensure the best course of action and results for her clients.
Elder Law involves helping the elderly deal with issues that impact their day to day existence. The process of determining eligibility for and obtaining Medicaid benefits or Veterans Administration benefits for Basic Pension and Aid and Attendance to assist with the costs of long term care is complicated and stressful. We have substantial experience in all areas of Medicaid eligibility requirements, filing the Medicaid application to qualify for long term care benefits, and most importantly, legally preserving the family’s assets from the financial impact of long term care planning through proper spend down planning.
In addition to estate planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection strategies, she provides assistance in the following areas:
Planning with long term care insurance
Planning that leverages a client’s assets to pay for long term care costs
Preservation of assets, including the residence, for individuals and families facing catastrophic illness
Applications for government benefits for long term care
Special needs planning, including drafting special needs trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts
Structuring personal injury settlements to preserve clients’ eligibility for federal and state benefits programs