Practice Areas

Elder law involves many different areas, including Medicaid planning, Social Security, SSI, and disability planning, special needs planning, assisting with long-term care issues, and protecting the rights of nursing home residents.

Medicaid Planning

Serving Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, and Clinton Counties in Southwestern Ohio

Our Medicaid planning attorneys help individuals, couples, and their families plan for their long-term care. This type of planning involves consideration of current and future Medicaid eligibility.

Planning the Steps for Medicaid Eligibility. Our Medicaid planning lawyers help clients determine what steps they need to take to become eligible for Medicaid, such as gifting, transferring assets, spending assets down, and identifying exempt assets. For example, a marital home is exempt if one spouse continues to live there. Savings of up to $1,500 for a single person and up to nearly $117,000 for a married couple are also permitted, depending on the situation.

Applications, Interviews, Hearings, Appeals. The elder law attorneys at Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC assist clients in all aspects of Medicaid planning, including applying for Medicaid on their behalf, attending the face-to-face Medicaid interview, and filing Medicaid appeals, if necessary.

Ongoing Support for Nursing Home Residents. Beyond our role facilitating Medicaid planning, we are available for an ongoing supportive relationship with clients receiving long-term care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in the community. We assist with required annual interviews with case-workers, and simultaneously provide the non-Medicaid spouse with his or her own estate planning. We also represent persons in nursing homes if they are not being cared for properly, or if their residents’ rights are violated.

Elder law attorney Janet E. Pecquet has represented hundreds of individuals for Medicaid planning and applications. She is also a frequent speaker on these topics. To schedule a consultation or inquire about her availability to speak to professional organizations on Medicaid planning, special needs trusts, or nursing home residents’ rights, contact Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC, by phone or e-mail.

Long Term Care Insurance and Disability Insurance Claims. If your loved one has been denied a long-term care insurance or disability insurance claim, the attorneys at Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC can assist with challenging the claim denial through appeal and litigation. Working jointly with another firm, we have successfully obtained a national class action settlement involving thousands of insured claimants to correct past claim denials and establish future coverage against a major long-term care insurer. We also have successfully represented many clients with individual claim denials.

Trusts for Children and Adults with Special Needs. In addition to Medicaid planning, our elder law attorneys counsel and advise parents of children with special needs, and third-party discretionary trustees managing financial affairs of individuals with special needs. We often assist responsible parties in the establishment of special needs trusts designed to augment Supplementary Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to help ensure the ongoing well-being of the individual with a special need of any age.

Nursing Home Patient’s Rights

When you place your loved one in a nursing home or other residential care facility, you trust that the facility will provide the best possible care. So, it can be especially devastating when a facility fails to do so, subjecting someone you care about to abuse or neglect.

About the Ohio Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights. To protect elderly and disabled nursing home residents, the Ohio legislature has put in place a Nursing Home Patients Bill of Rights — a statute that lists rights given to people who depend on a facility’s care.

At Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC we are dedicated to protecting these rights by holding facilities accountable. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys practice elder law in a manner that upholds the highest standards of professional integrity and ability.

Under the Ohio Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights, patients at nursing homes have the following rights, among others, listed below:

  • The right to a safe and clean living environment;
  • The right to be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse and to be treated at all times with courtesy and respect with full recognition of the individual’s dignity;
  • The right to adequate and appropriate medical treatment, nursing care and other related services without regard to age, race, color, religion or source of payment for the care;
  • The right to have clothes and sheets changed when the need arises;
  • The right to participate in decisions that affect the individual’s life;
  • The right to confidential treatment of personal and medical records;
  • The right to privacy during a medical examination and treatment and in the care of personal or bodily needs.

Residents have additional rights than listed above. If you believe that a loved one’s rights have been violated, talk to us about your options.