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I have been an Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney for approximately 20 years. I have been fortunate enough to obtain the designation to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney and to receive a Master of Law in Taxation and a certificate in Estate Planning. There is no doubt that finding Elder Law as a career was the best thing that allowed me to go to work every day, excited to assist people and help them. Over the years, I have known a bit about Life Care Planning and have admired it from a distance. The bottom line was I did not understand it nor truly understand what the purpose was and how it could help clients. Over time, I became frustrated in meetings when clients would ask me if their mom was safe to be at home, or what modifications would need to be done to keep mom at home, or how long could mom stay in the assisted living, and under what circumstances would she then have to move on to another level of care. I did not know the answers to many of these questions and, although I did have referral sources, I felt inadequate, or disappointed, that I was not able to help the client directly. I have also known Meg Motter for many years. Meg is a Masters prepared Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in the industry for most of her career. I knew I always wanted to work with Meg, but unfortunately, the timing and the money never worked out until the Spring of 2021. When the opportunity presented itself and she was available, I acted immediately and, without even truly understanding the Life Care Planning model, jumped in with two feet, knowing I had the right person. Now that our firm is knee-deep in Life Care Planning, there is no doubt that it was the best decision that I have made, mostly for the clients that we serve. The assistance that she can provide, which we were not able to offer previously, is astounding. I believe that everything happens for a reason and, although it took several years for us to embrace the model and to have the right person, there is no doubt that it is the right thing for our clients, and I am excited to share everything about the life care planning model to anyone who will listen. Monthly Life Care Planning Workshops are offered at both our York and Lancaster offices. If you would like to learn more about Life Care Planning and our Client Care Advocate, Meg Motter, LCSW, CDP please reach out to the office at (717) 208-4546.
In our tranquil corners of the world, where generations build legacies, we often find ourselves at a crossroads one that leads to choices that impact not just our finances but our familys future. Today, lets journey together and explore the age-old question: Wills vs. Trusts. Which path is right for you?The Legacy of Love and SecurityFor many, this journey begins with the dawn of financial stability. As your hard-earned assets grow, so does the desire to protect and secure them. Its not just about the numbers; its a promise of love, devotion, and the legacy you intend to leave behind.A well-crafted will is like a love letter to your family. It ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, providing your loved ones with the financial security they deserve. It offers peace of mind, knowing that your legacy is well-guarded.Yet, here in York, we understand that privacy and efficiency matter, too. This is where trusts come into the picture. A revocable living trust, for example, offers the privilege of sidestepping the often lengthy and public probate process. With a trust, your assets are distributed privately, sparing your loved ones from unnecessary stress and public scrutiny.Embracing the Golden Years with GraceNow, lets consider the beautiful chapter of our lives when we move gracefully into our golden years. For many seniors, the prospect of skilled nursing facility care can be daunting, both emotionally and financially. Its a time when you want to ensure that your lifetime of hard work doesnt disappear in the blink of an eye.Wills and trusts play pivotal roles in Medicaid planning. But when it comes to securing your legacy while obtaining Medicaid benefits, trusts, particularly irrevocable trusts, can be life changing. These trusts enable you to preserve a legacy for your heirs, all while qualifying for Medicaid Assistance. This decision is more than just financial; its about preserving dignity and providing your loved ones with the peace and security they need during this chapter of life.Building a Strong Foundation for the FutureAnd for our young families, life is a whirlwind of dreams and aspirations. Amid all this, you must ensure your childrens future is secure. Your primary concern is their well-being, their dreams, and their security.Wills are the fundamental pillars of estate planning. They allow you to name guardians for your children, should the unthinkable happen. Its a promise that their future will be safeguarded.But, for those who seek to go above and beyond, revocable living trusts can provide an additional layer of protection. These trusts help you manage your assets efficiently, ensuring a seamless transition for your children if something were to happen to you. Its about laying a foundation for their future, one built on love, security, and opportunity.The Choice is PersonalThe choice between wills and trusts is deeply personal. It depends on your unique circumstances, your familys needs, and your dreams for the future. No matter where you are on your lifes journey, were here to guide you, to connect your hearts desires with the path you choose.This isnt just about assets; its about your legacy of love, security, and dreams fulfilled. Were here to help you make the right choice for your family, and together, we can build a legacy that will stand the test of time.
As an estate planning attorney, its important to be aware of programs like the Community HealthChoices (CHC) Waiver that can help your clients as they age. The CHC Waiver is a program in Pennsylvania that was established in 2018 to provide choices for individuals to stay in their homes as they age and not be forced to enter a skilled nursing facility (SNF). This is great news for most people as they age because most folks prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible. With family support and programs such as this one, doing just that is often possible.If you have clients in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (including Adams, Lancaster, and York Counties), they are fortunate that the state has a very robust program. The program often allows individuals who require care at the SNF level to remain in their homes and not have to move to an SNF. The program is funded through Federal and State Medicaid dollars, such that if the individual meets the financial eligibility guidelines, services are provided at no cost to the participant.We have clients who receive anywhere from 2-3 hours up to 22 hours a day of care. The amount of care a participant receives depends on how much hands-on care is required. The approved hours are determined by Waiver program representatives. To be eligible for the Medicaid program, an applicant must apply for Medicaid and must be both medically and financially qualified for skilled nursing facility level of careessentially, the same guidelines used to determine eligibility for placement in an SNF with Medicaid funding. The key difference is that a CHC Waiver participant receives their skilled nursing facility-type care in a setting of their choosing, most often, in their own home.If you would like to learn more about the Community HealthChoices Waiver in Pennsylvania, visit https://www.dhs.pa.gov/HealthChoices/HC-Services/Pages/CHC-Main.aspx or call PA Enrollment Services at 1-800-440-3989 and ask about the CHC Waiver program. For information specific to aging services in York County, visit the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in their new location at 2401 Pleasant Valley Road in York, PA, or call the AAA Information & Referral line at 717-771-9610 or 1-800-632-9073 and tell them that you would like to explore the CHC Waiver and any local services that might help you age in place in your home.
We Educate so what happened to the Bellomo Family doesn't happen to yours!Our firms mission is to ensure that you and your family never needlessly, painfully suffer. Every team member has a personal story that has brought us here to advocate for you and your family. We want to replace your burden with peace of mind. We have the answers, but more important, we have your back.Bellomo & Associates, LLC advises Individuals and families, business owners, senior citizens, and their families about the estate planning and elder law challenges facing them today. For seniors and their families facing the issues of aging, or for those of any age who wish to protect their familys financial future, we counsel clients and provide solutions on Asset Protection; Specials Needs Trusts; Wills; Trust Design; Medicaid; Estate Planning; Nursing Home Matters; and Estate Administration. For our clients who own businesses, our team assists them with succession planning for their business in conjunction with their estate planning. We have office locations in York, PA, and Lancaster, PA.We offer FREE workshops! Our workshops are fun and entertaining ways to learn! We provide you with the information to decide what is right for you. If after attending, you decide we arent the right fit no problem! Youll never feel any pressure from our team.