How Can I Protect My Assets If I Need Long-Term Care?

Understanding the complexities of long-term care planning can be daunting, especially when safeguarding your hard-earned assets is involved. At Bassett Murray Law Group, we understand your concerns about the future. Let’s delve into the crucial topic of asset protection in the context of long-term care.

The Basics

Long-term care is a broad term that refers to a spectrum of services explicitly crafted to cater to an individual’s health, and personal care needs over an extended period. This type of care is often required by those who face chronic illnesses, disabilities, or conditions that impede their ability to perform daily activities independently. This care can be delivered in various settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and even in one’s home.

However, the financial aspect of long-term care in Michigan, much like in other parts of the country, poses a significant concern. The costs associated with prolonged care can be substantial, potentially jeopardizing the financial well-being of individuals and their families. This is where the crucial question arises: How can one protect their assets in the face of potential long-term care expenses?

Understanding the financial implications is paramount. Long-term care expenses can swiftly deplete personal savings and assets, leaving individuals and their families vulnerable.  The potential risk to assets arises from the fact that certain types of long-term care may not be fully covered by standard health insurance plans. This coverage gap can expose individuals to high out-of-pocket expenses, which may require them to tap into their savings, sell assets, or even rely on assistance from family members to cover the costs.

Michigan-Specific Considerations

In Michigan, the laws surrounding long-term care and asset protection are nuanced. Understanding the eligibility criteria for Medicaid, a key player in long-term care coverage, is essential. Medicaid can help cover the costs of nursing home care, but financial thresholds must be met.

Planning for Medicaid Eligibility in Michigan

  1. Medicaid Eligibility Criteria: Certain income and asset limits must be met to qualify for Medicaid in Michigan. Planning and structuring your assets to align with these requirements is crucial. This proactive approach can ensure you don’t find yourself in a financially precarious situation when you need long-term care.
  2. Spousal Implications: Michigan recognizes the impact long-term care can have on spouses. Medicaid considers both spouses’ income and assets when determining eligibility. Strategic planning can help protect the well-being of the spouse not requiring long-term care.
  3. The Look-Back Period: Michigan, like other states, has a “look-back” period during which any asset transfers are scrutinized. Understanding and adhering to this period is vital to prevent complications in Medicaid eligibility.

Asset Protection Strategies for Michigan Residents

  1. Irrevocable Trusts: In Michigan, establishing an irrevocable trust can be a powerful tool for protecting assets. This legal arrangement allows you to transfer assets into the trust, removing them from your estate for Medicaid eligibility purposes.
  2. Advance Planning: Procrastination can be costly. By starting the asset protection conversation early and consulting with our team At Bassett Murray Law Group, we can help you implement effective strategies well before the need for long-term care arises.
  3. Reviewing and Updating Estate Plans: Life changes, and so should your estate plan. Regularly reviewing and updating your plan with the help of legal professionals ensures that it aligns with your current circumstances and Michigan’s ever-evolving laws.

The Role of Strategic Legal Guidance in Safeguarding Assets

Safeguarding assets, especially in the context of potential long-term care needs, involves more than just financial planning. Strategic legal guidance becomes crucial in understanding the complexities of laws, regulations, and individual circumstances. Here is an outline to help you understand our role as your legal guides:

  1. Interpretation of Laws and Regulations
  2. Customized Asset Protection Strategies
  3. Medicaid Planning Expertise
  4. Protection Against Legal Challenges
  5. Utilizing Legal Instruments
  6. Addressing Family Dynamics
  7. Staying Updated on Legal Changes
  8. Mitigating Legal Risks

Contact Our Probate Attorneys in Ann Arbor, MI, Today

In the complex landscape of long-term care planning in Michigan, the expertise of an Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Veterans Benefits lawyer is invaluable. At Bassett Murray Law Group, we craft personalized strategies to protect your assets. Take your time. Call us at 734-930-9200 in Ann Arbor or 231-427-2292 for our Petoskey office, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team. Let us help you go through the path to securing your financial well-being amidst the challenges of long-term care. 


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Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC
2045 Hogback Road
​Ann Arbor, MI ​48105
Phone: 734-930-9200
Fax: 734-930-9942

Petoskey Office
By Appointment only
3319 Lakeside Dr S
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231-427-2292

Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC
2045 Hogback Road
​Ann Arbor, MI ​48105
Phone: 734-930-9200
Fax: 734-930-9942