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Medicaid Planning and Assisted Living

Nursing homes, assisted living, and homecare services for an elder in need are a difficult expense for many middle-class families to manage. Home health care can be anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000 a month. Assisted living can be anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 a month. Nursing homes can be anywhere from $9,000 to $14,000 a month. The responsibility to help pay for these services falls on the shoulders of the elder’s children, and while it is a reality many don’t want to face, when their parent frequently falls, wanders, or drives when they should not be, it becomes exceedingly clear just how important extra care is to the elder’s wellbeing.

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A few typical diseases that require long-term care versus short-term care are:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stenosis
  • Neuropathy
  • “Dementia“
  • Stroke

Medicare will not pay for care unless you specifically purchased “long-term care
insurance.” All other insurances, including the military Tri-care for Life, will not pay for so-called “unskilled” or “custodial” care. Medicare and its various Advantage Plans and Supplemental policies cover “short-term skilled” care and will not pay for care longer than about 100 days– be that in a nursing home, your personal residence, or anywhere else. The situation isn’t any better for veterans. Many veterans and their families mistakenly believe the VA will pay for at-home health aides, assisted living, and nursing home care because they use VA doctors and get their prescriptions from the VA. Typically, only service-connected disabled vets are an exception, but not for their spouse.

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Medicaid is often the answer for those who need help. Financially, the demographics that benefit most from Medicaid planning are middle class married couples worried about impoverishment, a spouse due to the diseases and conditions above, a widow or widower, or an elder’s kids worried about running out of money for their parents and having to pay out of pocket.

So how can Medicaid help relieve some off that strife?  There are three key places:

  • Free home aids up to 5 hours a day. Medicaid will also pay for optional adult day care, diapers, prescriptions, medical transportation, physical and occupational therapy, and more. You can add or hire more hours a
    day to this on your own if you need.
  • Care at the assisted living facility. You pay for room and board (rent and food), and Medicaid will pay the care portion of the monthly bill. For example, if the assisted living costs $3,200 a month, Medicaid will pay $1,200 for care, and you pay $2,000 for rent for the apartment and food for the month.
  • Medicaid Pays the entire nursing home bill after your personal monthly income copay. Your share of cost in a nursing home is never more than your personal monthly income.I f you are married, your spouse may be entitled to keep a portion of your income for his or her own living expenses, lowering your care costs even more.
As America's population ages, demand for elder law attorneys grows
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There are many variables that go into one’s qualification for Medicaid, which is why an elder law attorneys is so crucial throughout the process. One wants a lawyer who can handle their particular legal situation and has expertise in the area of law relating to one’s legal needs. While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as “Bar Board Certified” or as a “specialist”. Certification is the highest level of recognition by the state Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the state Supreme Court.

 

Certified Elder Law attorneys deal with legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives, lifetime planning, family issues, fiduciary representation, capacity, guardianship, power of attorney, financial planning, public benefits and insurance, resident rights in long-term care facilities, housing opportunities and financing, employment and retirement matters, income, estate and gift tax
matters, estate planning, probate, nursing home claims, age or disability discrimination, and
grandparent’s rights.

To be certified, the lawyer was required to have substantial involvement in all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity in the five years preceding certification. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, completed 60 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application, and has passed a written
examination demonstrating knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of elder law to justify the representation of special competence.

When scheduling a board-certified elder law attorney, clients can rest easy knowing they are working with a professional who not only knows what they are doing, but cares about their clients’ well-being. To those going through such a hard time, this is a relief.

Utilizing the Web for Education on Legal Matters

Months ago, when people needed legal advice, the answer was simple. Look up an attorney who practices whatever legal needs one might have, and stop by their office for a consultation. Some attorneys, like Mark Shalloway of Shalloway & Shalloway in West Palm Beach, go a step further and offer free legal seminars to his community monthly. This allows anyone in Palm Beach County to learn about applying for Medicaid, asset protection, avoiding the cost of probate, and many more topics that are covered under the wide umbrella that is elder law.

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However, given our current public health crisis, holding seminars in person that are designed to facilitate large groups of people is not exactly feasible. Large gatherings are to be cancelled or postponed until a later date, which unfortunately cuts off these learning opportunities for potential clients who want this valuable, free resource before scheduling a consultation with an attorney.

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But some law firms fight to perpetuate the spread of knowledge. The staff at Shalloway & Shalloway still offer these seminars, but virtually. These seminars still take place monthly on three different days to accommodate the most people possible, but instead of being packed in a conference or meeting room, the “audience” can now attend via video or call. All an attendee has to do is reserve their free spot by calling (888) 366-0062. The next set of virtual seminars, or webinars, are May 12th, May 13th, and May 14th from two in the afternoon to four in the afternoon. Now, present and future clients can learn about all things elder law from the comfort and safety of their home. 

Even legal conferences are still occurring in a webinar format. The annual Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts Administration Event, an event hosted by Stetson University, took place virtually on April 24. Speakers at this event— including the likes of Attorney Robert Fleming, Chief Fiduciary Officer Gentry Byrnes, and Mark Shalloway— discussed administrative issues trustees, attorneys, financial planners and others involved in Special Needs Trust administration regularly face. It was a fantastic resource for attendees who wanted to learn more about the SECURE Act, examining the use of SNT, and much more. In this virtual setting, everyone was able to stay safe.

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The internet and the technology legal professionals have at their disposal allows them to keep in contact with their current and future clients while keeping everyone safe. Not only can clients learn more about elder law and the surrounding areas of practice, but once they know they need an elder law attorney, they can contact the firm. Remote consultations via video of phone call get clients the same legal help they need from the attorneys they trust.

For more information on Mark Shalloway and his firm, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

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Mark Shalloway’s Dedication and Passion for His Work

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For some, 30 years of work at a particular job—or even in a particular field—is an unimaginable feat. How could someone work the same job day in and day out, and still be passionate about their work? For West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, it’s easy: passion.

From a young age, Mark Shalloway was fascinated by the world of law. Through watching his father practice, he discovered how the work of attorneys can help through such a diverse number of fields. He always knew he wanted to be social engaged. While continuing his education, a group of panelists came to one of his classes in search of people who were willing to serve as advocates for elder communities.

It was there he realized just how unfairly priced care at these facilities often are. He noticed how the middle class struggled to keep up with the expenses many homes charge, and knew that wasn’t right.

“Elder care lawyers look into these problems to find ways to benefit others,” Mark Shalloway says. “That is the heart and soul of elder law.”

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When Shalloway decided he found his calling, the field of elder law was still growing. It started with a focus on wills and trusts, but as time went on, shifted in include incapacitation, guardianship, and Medicaid. Shalloway served in the charter class of board certified elder law attorneys by the Florida Bar, and has continued to be a trailblazer ever since.

Shalloway has served as member, chairman, and president of a number of organizations dedicated to protecting and serving the elder community. Locally, Mark Shalloway is the founding chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Elder Law Committee. On a state level, he served as president of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Nationally, Shalloway served as president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). These are just three of his many achievements.

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But title isn’t everything. What keeps a man fighting for the rights of others is a dedication to his work. Shalloway and his staff of outstanding elder law attorneys each wish to see the elder community receive the respect and care the deserve. No matter how big or small a case, that staff at Shalloway & Shalloway will do everything in their power to ensure their clients’ needs are met, because at the end of the day, it is client satisfaction that is most important to these professionals.

For more information about Mark Shalloway and his firm, call (561) 686-6200 or visit the Shalloway & Shalloway office.

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Mark Shalloway and His Passion for Educating the People

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In West Palm Beach, there is one attorney clients know to turn to for all their estate planning, guardianship, and elder care needs. For nearly 30 years, Mark Shalloway has been the face of elder law. His passion, respect, and dedication to his work sets him apart from peers. Where many attorneys simply look to numbers for a measure of success, Mark Shalloway and his staff at his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, look to their clients’ results.

Shalloway and his staff have been referred to as “lifesavers” with the ability to turn a situation from “desperate to hopeful.” The patient staff will see through every single case, no matter how big or small, to the end. In the golden hour of one’s life, one should not have to worry if their retirement and family can be sustained. Shalloway’s elder law attorneys makes turns the worry from a burden into an easy to swallow pill.

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It really makes a difference when clients can tell their attorney wants the best for them,” Brandon Bell, a legal consultant in Illinois, says. “In such a trying time in one’s life, it is crucial they feel supported. Mark Shalloway and his staff provide clients with that support they crave, as well as the results they need.”

But Mark Shalloway does more to help than providing legal solace—he goes out into the world to make a difference. Save serving as the President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and other positions of leadership within the elder law community, Shalloway has made it his mission to educate others on his area of practice. He gives free, monthly seminars on estate planning. He works as an Adjunct Faculty member at Palm Beach Community College and a frequent lecturer at Stetson College of Law—namely on special needs trusts.

Shalloway, elder law attorneys, and members of JAG Corps.

This past December, Mr. Shalloway did just that. On behalf of Stetson College, Shalloway traveled to Fort Stewart in Savannah, Georgia to deliver a talk on the wide array of information concerning elder law—from wills and trusts, to insurance, and everything in between. Alongside him was Professor Rebecca Morgan, a head professor at Stetson, and a number of elder law attorneys from across the nation.

These figureheads in elder law delivered a talk on elder and special needs law to the JAG corps stationed there. Along with the informative session on medicare and more, Shalloway and his cohorts presented a Certificate of Appreciation to John Webster—a staff judge advocate at the third infantry division and Fort Stewart.

Shalloway and John Webster

A major part of my mission as an elder and special needs care attorney is educating the public on their options on everything from health insurance to tax liabilities,” Mark Shalloway says. “My firm is deeply committed to philanthropy within our community and to helping the families of military personnel plan for their lives once their careers reach a culmination.”

Mark Shalloway doesn’t have to continuously go the extra miles he travels to help others, but he does. It is an aspect of his work Shalloway has deemed important, because he cares about more than making a paycheck—he truly cares about the lives of others, clients or not. It is a formidable trait to carry, especially when it comes to elder law.

For more information on Mark Shalloway and his firm, call (561) 686-6200, fill out their contact form, or visit their offices.

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How Law Firms are Using Social Media to Reach Their Clients

Nowadays, it seems there isn’t a person in the world that doesn’t have at least one social media account. With so many options from Facebook, to Twitter, to Reddit, or Tumblr, it almost seems like we can’t avoid it—and many of us don’t. The little computers in our pockets keep us updated on our friends, family, favorite celebrities, local events of interest, and so much more.

Using the Web to Your Advantage

In this day and age, the biggest mistake a law firm can make is veering away from the bandwagon and not establishing an online presence. Instead of picking up the phone and calling the business to learn more, many instead opt to a quick Google search. If a firm doesn’t at the very least have a well-designed, easy to use website, potential clients turn the other way. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the staff is or how long the firm has been open. Clients don’t want to search for proof of excellence, they want it immediately.

When West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, not only understands this concept, but fully embraces it. With just a few clicks of a button, potential clients can not only find Shalloway and reviews of his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, but an easy to access website that presents clients with information on the firm, its staff, its reputation, and any updates in the area of practice that is elder law. The website presents information in a concise manner that is incredibly valuable to the busy professional of the 21-century.

But hosting a great website is only half the battle. It is essential for firms to be pushing their names into the public. Many turn to radio or television commercials, and that is just fine, but there is a great alternative that saves time, money, and is used by billions of people every day—and that is social media.

How to Make the Most Out of Social Media

The Shalloway & Shalloway firm run a successful Facebook page. With a large number of followers, the attorneys at Shalloway & Shalloway can easily connect to potential clients. Running a social media allows them to share updates as they come. Recently, the firm moved locations. Because of their Facebook page, they were able to keep clients posted on the process, the location, and anything else involving the move.

Having one (or multiple) social media accounts allows the faceless attorneys of the firm to become humanized.

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“There is intimidation and fear with booking with lawyer,” Mark Shalloway says. “If referred by someone else, that is a helpful resource, but if they need an elder law attorney, there is a lot of worry and fear.”

A vast majority of people have skewed images of lawyers, but having a presence on social media has allowed the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway paint themselves in the light they want to be painted, thus fostering better client relationships.

Social media is not only great for public image, but for generating business. When you follow a page, its posts appear on your timeline, keeping the company in your radar. By having a readily used social media, clients will remember the firm, and come back to whenever the need arises. With their Facebook page alone, Shalloway & Shalloway has seen an increase in business, and other firms should certainly take heed.

For more information on the firm, visit their website, their Facebook page, or their offices.

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Five Legal Trends to Look for in 2019

The landscape of the world of law and litigation is changing. As our culture becomes more and more “go, go, go” in the age of the internet, it is important that each legal firm keep up to speed. That is why many are making major changes that put them ahead of the curve. Here are five of those legal trends to be on the lookout for in 2019.

1. Mobile Scheduling of Court Reporting Services

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Attorneys and paralegals are always looking for ways to more efficiently manage their time. Many have favorite court reporters to turn to for all their litigation needs, but a large portion of these firms are stuck in the past with limited calling or email scheduling options. However, things are starting to change. Many court reporting companies are now offer mobile scheduling for court reporter services.

These scheduling options allow attorneys to simply click on the booking engine, fill out contact information, information on the case, and which services need to be booked. Upon submitting the request, the firm is notified of the proposal and promptly gets back to the client. These mobile booking engines attorneys to fill out a request anywhere, any time.

2. Local Education Seminars by Attorneys

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In an interview with West Palm Beach Elder Law attorney, Mark Shalloway, he reveals that there is “intimidation and fear with booking with a lawyer.” This causes many clients to not seek the help they need. By offering free seminars on a particular area of practice, locals can learn about the field and determine whether or not they want to proceed with this particular law firm. The anonymity that comes with participating in an audience setting allows potential clients to comfortable intake knowledge.

“They are exposed to the subject matter and can understand if it will help,” Shalloway says. “If it’s not right fit, they just leave. If they want more, they can follow up. You can go on internet, read articles, but you can learn much more if you show up to a seminar.”

3. Presence on Online

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With the rise in social media, having an online presence is far more important than it once was. People rarely turn phone booths or radio ads to learn about a firm. Nowadays, people open Google and search for firms near them. It is vastly important for a law firm or court reporting firm to have a stunning, easy to navigate website that can appeal to both younger and older generations. Having multiple social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow clients to stay engaged with the business. When exposed to frequent updates, it keeps the business on the minds of clients, making them more likely to return to the firm when they need help.

4. Better Cyber security

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An increase in online presence and a transfer from paper to digital, however, leads to an increase in data breeches. In a study by ABA in 2017, it was reported that 44% of firms experienced a threat to security and breech. With important and sensitive information on not only the firm itself, but their clients, sitting on each and every one of the staff-members’ computers, it is essential that greater focus be placed on security. Many firms hiring more than adding IT professionals to the team—they are turning to cyber security companies such as Root9B and Intel Security to keep their information secure.

5. Video Marketing

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YouTube is quickly becoming one of the top search engines in the world. More than 75 million people in the world watch videos every single day. People would rather watch a video that is just a few minutes long than ready a several-paged article that holds the same information. Videos are engaging, and can be watched while people wash the dishes or do any other number of tasks. By creating easily digestible video content, firms can get their information into the world in a creative way that appeals to a large audience.

Shareable, interesting content will help spread the word. Videos also help put a face and personality to what one may have been seen as an intimidating attorney. If present and future clients feel comfortable and familiar with a firm, they will be more likely to schedule an appointment or service.