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Welcome to our blog, where you will find more information regarding estate planning, successions and probate, wills, trusts, special needs planning, Medicaid and long-term care planning in Louisiana.

Louisiana Usufruct and Naked Ownership – The Basics

Usufruct and naked ownership are common provisions in estate plans of Louisiana residents. Other states have similar concepts – life estates and remaindermen; however, usufruct and naked ownership are unique civil law concepts. Many estate plans in Louisiana utilize usufruct and naked ownership when distributing property to their spouse and or...

Veterans Disability 2015 Pension Update

The Veterans Administration recently updated its rates for Pension benefits for wartime veterans and surviving spouses of wartime veterans. VA Disability Pension (which includes Aid and Attendance) is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65,...

Considerations When Selecting a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Selecting a Nursing Home for a Loved One The choice of nursing home that is the best option for a loved one is often a difficult one.  Many factors come into play when considering a nursing home. The choice of nursing home should not be taken lightly as it will impact...

2015 Louisiana Medicaid Long-Term Care Income and Resource Update

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently updated the maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance and the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance for spouses of Medicaid Long-Term Care benefits. To qualify for Medicaid Long-Term Care benefits a single person can have no more than $2,000 of countable resources. Married couples both...

Level of Care Options For Seniors

One of the greatest concerns for retirees and the elderly we serve is that of long term care.  Approximately, two-thirds of seniors will need long-term care at some point in their life and many have not planned for this likelihood. For many it is an emotional and unpleasant topic to broach,...