Medi-Cal Planning: A Critical Piece Of Estate Planning For Many In California

"Planning ahead is the best plan of all." -Anonymous

California's laws regarding Medi-Cal eligibility are constantly changing. In the wake of the Deficit Reduction Act of 1995, which completely changed the Medi-Cal environment, it is important to find a lawyer who understands how such changes can affect your current estate plan, as well as how to plan for the future.

The Gostanian Law Group works diligently with our clients to help avoid the common pitfalls that often lead to disqualification from Medi-Cal. More importantly, we help to limit a potential recovery by Medi-Cal upon death.

Planning For Medi-Cal Eligibility — A Proactive Process

Medi-Cal qualification may be crucial to providing a loved one with proper medical care. We understand that this is a difficult situation for your family. We also know the more a family plans ahead, the more likely it is that an estate can be protected from Medi-Cal recovery upon death. We are skilled in assisting clients through the overwhelming process of minimizing the potential for Medi-Cal recovery for costs paid during the ill person's lifetime. We work creatively and proactively to ensure that as many assets as possible remain with the family.

When a loved one is sick and is faced with the prospect of moving to a skilled nursing facility, it is important to remember that you have options. Through effective, proactive and protective planning, we work to put your legal documents in order, obtain and/or retaining eligibility for Medi-Cal and other government programs.

Reducing Share Of Cost

When one qualifies for Medi-Cal, they are assessed a "share of cost" toward their medical care based on their monthly income. With careful planning, one's share of cost can potentially be reduced or even eliminated. Contact our law firm to request a 30-minute consultation.

Special Needs Trusts

When a disabled individual receiving Medi-Cal benefits gets a personal injury award or an inheritance from a loved one, it will render them ineligible for Medi-Cal until they spend down those funds. With careful planning and court assistance, a special needs trust can be created for the benefit of the disabled individual, while keeping them eligible for governmental needs-based benefits.

Compassion, Competence And Commitment

Whether planning for a sick parent or planning for your future or that of your spouse, it is important to work with a law office that remains current in California Medi-Cal planning law to ensure your interests are preserved.

Contact the Gostanian Law Group by email or by calling us at 866-330-0578 in Newport Beach to schedule a free, 30-minute initial consultation with our experienced trust and estate attorneys.