A husband and wife sold their condo. The husband is a Medicaid recipient who moved into a nursing home a month before the...Read more
That is an important concern. The best bet would be for you both to purchase long-term care insurance, but that can be expensive and there is no guarantee that both of you are insurable. The next best step is to sign a prenuptial agreement that covers long-term obligations and subsequently to keep your finances separate. Depending on the state you are in should you need nursing home care, your new husband should be able to refuse to cooperate with your application for Medicaid coverage. This approach is often called “just say no” or “spousal refusal.” I would recommend consulting with an elder law attorney in your state to see how this strategy works there. To find an attorney in your state, click here.
For an article on the pros and cons of remarriage for older couples, click here.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Ron M. Landsman has been practicing elder law since 1983, before it was known as elder law, originally with Landsman and Laster, Washington, D.C., then Landsman, Eakes and Laster, also in Arlington, VA, and since 1990 in his own practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has been among the most active members of the...
John Laster is a lawyer licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He limits his practice to wealth transfer planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health care decision-making issues, estate administration and related tax, elder law and disability concerns. Listed in The Best Lawyers...
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