Florida Medicaid and Estate Planning
Because our goal is to help you succeed in aging with dignity and a high quality of life, both for you and for your loved ones.
Sean W. Scott, Elder Law Attorney
Update from Sean W. Scott, Esq.
March 16, 2020
Keeping our community safe and informed is our top priority. We are taking proactive steps to help our clients and staff be safe and healthy, including instituting a Covid-19 mitigation plan for our office and staff since March 4, 2020. Our mitigation protocol is provided at the end of this announcement.
We will continue to be open to serve the needs of our clients and are meeting with clients on a one to one basis, we have put in place telephonic and video conference options for clients wishing to substitute face to face meetings.
We have started providing Medicaid planning and application services without the need for in office visits.
DC today indicated that all gatherings of 50 persons or more should be postponed.
We are providing video web seminars to augment or replace our normal monthly library presentations. Our first virtual web seminar will be held on March 26 from 1-3 pm. To participate you can access the presentation live via our Facebook page.
I encourage you to check this website frequently, as we will provide real-time updates and resources on our preparedness and adjustments as the situation warrants.
I encourage you to take care of and support one another, and to help share timely and factual information with your friends and family.
Together, we will make sure to provide you with information you need to be prepared. We will get past this.
Law Offices of Sean W. Scott, WLAW, PA COVID-19 Mitigation
Sean W Scott is a Florida Medicaid and Estate Planning expert who is here to help. Even though new challenges await as we grow older there are ways to solve these problems. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, incapacity and the specter of mortality start showing up in our world as we age.
Since 1990 our focus has been to help our clients address these issues and avoid the financial ruin of long-term care expenses. We make sure that there is a back up person to act if incapacity strikes and to streamline the process of moving assets to beneficiaries after a death.
The most significant service we provide is to protect our client’s life savings from nursing home costs by helping qualify for Medicaid benefits. With the average cost of nursing home care in Florida above $10,000 per month we take action to keep you from being wiped out financially. A quick look at some of the eligibility issues can be found on the right.
You are our number one priority. Please see why we are different. And lastly, even though our main office is in Pinellas County, we help people all over the State of Florida qualify for Medicaid benefits and routinely use video and phone conferencing in place of face-to-face meetings.
Income Cap Limit 2020
$2,349 gross income per month
Asset Limit - Single Applicant
$2,000 in countable assets
Asset Limit - Married Couple
in countable assets
(yes it is a big difference)
You can divert income to applicant spouse to raise community spouse's income.
$2,114 minimum spousal monthly income
Maximum amount to healthy spouse can be increased by diverting applicant spouse's income in the event of high housing costs.
$3,217 maximum income allowed to be diverted
How to calculate the penalty for giving away assets
transfer / $9,485 = number of months disqualified
Transfer Look Back Period
60 months from date of application
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