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Amber Thailing

KC Elder Law Firm

Amber Thailing

KC Elder Law Firm

Amber Thailing

KC Elder Law Firm

Amber is one of KC Elder Law's attorneys, specializing in estate planning and Medicaid planning. She works closely with the rest of the legal team to develop approaches that will be the most effective for the each individual client.

Amber has been with KC Elder Law since 2001 and in that time she's watched her own family's estate planning needs evolve, including her parents entering retirement age, a niece growing from a toddler into a teenager, and her own family expanding to include an infant and stepchildren. Her family's experiences give her unique perspectives on long-term planning to share with her clients and their families.

While the details of planning for their future may be daunting for her clients, Amber recognizes that often they are most in need of someone to hold their hand and listen to their stories. Amber appreciates KC Elder Law's team approach to assisting its clients, drawing on the strengths of each staff member to provide the best service to clients.

Amber has a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys needlepoint, cooking and trying new recipes.

Firm Description

At KC Elder Law, we're here to be a trusted guide along The Elder Care Journey ©. Hundreds of Kansas and Missouri families have turned to us when they're dealing with the endless red tape of applying for benefits to pay for care, or safeguarding loved ones so they don't end up out of money and out of options.

We strive to help families find solutions for their legal and financial frustrations, as well as find support and services to aid them. The practice of elder law, when done right, is about 50% legal work and 50% social work… we're here to help you find all the resources you need.

If your loved one is beginning to have memory or mobility issues, it is likely the right time to start planning. The earlier you begin, the more options you may have. However, if your family is in crisis, the time to call is now. It's not too late!

You may have been told by a case worker or a well-meaning friend that there's nothing you can do but let your loved one lose all their hard-earned savings to chronic healthcare needs. That's often not the case. We work hard to employ honest, legal solutions so that your loved one can live with dignity, no matter what stage of life and health they're in.

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Tuesday 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM 5:00 PM

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9225 Indian Creek Parkway
Suite 1100
Overland Park, KS 66210

301 Northeast Mulberry Street
, Suite 204
Lee's Summit, MO 64086

302 S. Platte Clay Way
Suite 203
Kearney, MO 64060

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Medicaid 101
What Medicaid Covers

In addition to nursing home care, Medicaid may cover home care and some care in an assisted living facility. Coverage in your state may depend on waivers of federal rules.

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Medicaid’s Eligibility and Transfer Rules

To be eligible for Medicaid long-term care, recipients must have limited incomes and no more than $2,000 (in most states). Special rules apply for the home and other assets.

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Medicaid’s Protections for Spouses

Spouses of Medicaid nursing home residents have special protections to keep them from becoming impoverished.

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What Medicaid Covers

In addition to nursing home care, Medicaid may cover home care and some care in an assisted living facility. Coverage in your state may depend on waivers of federal rules.

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Medicaid’s Eligibility and Transfer Rules

To be eligible for Medicaid long-term care, recipients must have limited incomes and no more than $2,000 (in most states). Special rules apply for the home and other assets.

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Medicaid’s Protections for Spouses

Spouses of Medicaid nursing home residents have special protections to keep them from becoming impoverished.

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Medicaid Planning Strategies

Careful planning for potentially devastating long-term care costs can help protect your estate, whether for your spouse or for your children.

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Estate Recovery: Can Medicaid Take My House After I’m Gone?

If steps aren't taken to protect the Medicaid recipient's house from the state’s attempts to recover benefits paid, the house may need to be sold.

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Help Qualifying and Paying for Medicaid, Or Avoiding Nursing Home Care

There are ways to handle excess income or assets and still qualify for Medicaid long-term care, and programs that deliver care at home rather than in a nursing home.

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Are Adult Children Responsible for Their Parents’ Care?

Most states have laws on the books making adult children responsible if their parents can't afford to take care of themselves.

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Applying for Medicaid

Applying for Medicaid is a highly technical and complex process, and bad advice can actually make it more difficult to qualify for benefits.

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Alternatives to Medicaid

Medicare's coverage of nursing home care is quite limited. For those who can afford it and who can qualify for coverage, long-term care insurance is the best alternative to Medicaid.

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ElderLaw 101
Estate Planning

Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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Estate Planning

Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Understand the ins and outs of insurance to cover the high cost of nursing home care, including when to buy it, how much to buy, and which spouse should get the coverage.

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Medicare

Learn who qualifies for Medicare, what the program covers, all about Medicare Advantage, and how to supplement Medicare’s coverage.

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Retirement Planning

We explain the five phases of retirement planning, the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, types of investments, asset diversification, the required minimum distribution rules, and more.

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Senior Living

Find out how to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility, when to fight a discharge, the rights of nursing home residents, all about reverse mortgages, and more.

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Social Security

Get a solid grounding in Social Security, including who is eligible, how to apply, spousal benefits, the taxation of benefits, how work affects payments, and SSDI and SSI.

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Special Needs Planning

Learn how a special needs trust can preserve assets for a person with disabilities without jeopardizing Medicaid and SSI, and how to plan for when caregivers are gone.

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Veterans Benefits

Explore benefits for older veterans, including the VA’s disability pension benefit, aid and attendance, and long-term care coverage for veterans and surviving spouses.

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