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Dennis Christensen

Christensen & All, PA

Dennis Christensen

Christensen & All, PA

Dennis Christensen

Christensen & All, PA

Dennis has concentrated his practice on Elder Law, Estate Planning, and planning for individuals with disabilities since 1992. He understands that Estate Planning is more than the preparation of documents. With this philosophy, he has been helping his clients develop a plan in the event a family member becomes incapacitated as well as helping his clients ensure the proper distribution of their assets at death. Dennis has extensive knowledge about Medicaid and law and has helped hundreds of clients figure out ways to keep themselves at home for as long as possible. He also develops plans to protect their assets and achieve Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care when staying at home is no longer possible. As a son of a parent with Alzheimers and as a founding member and president of the local Alzheimers Association for many years, he understands Alzheimer's and other disabling diseases and has helped hundreds of families deal with the many issues and problems, legal and otherwise, that they face. Dennis has also worked extensively with clients who have disabilities or have children with disabilities. He knows how critically important maintaining public benefits (Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income [SSI]), are for the person and his or her family and has extensive knowledge and experience in making sure his clients eligibility is not jeopardized as a result of an inheritance from a parent or spouse or from a personal injury settlement. He helps the person with disabilities and his or her parents and family to develop plans to make sure the person with disabilities is taken care of in the event the parent or caregiver becomes unable to care for the person with disabilities. This is often achieved through the use of Special Needs Trusts. Dennis also works with personal injury lawyers to help them settle a personal injury case of a person with disabilities to ensure that the person does not lose public benefit eligibility. This experience led Dennis to co-found the Special Needs Alliance, which is an invitation-only group of attorneys who practice in almost every state and who are dedicated to providing legal, financial, and counseling assistance to persons with disabilities. Dennis graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and Marquette University School of Law in 1976. His early legal practice focused on civil litigation and and real estate law. Dennis has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1993. He served on its Board of Directors for two terms and was honored as a Fellow of that organization. NAELA is a leading, national legal organization educating its members and advocating on behalf of our clients who are dealing with and planning for the problems encountered as we age, as well as clients who have disabilities and their families. Dennis is also a past board member and Vice President of Palmetto Pathway Homes, which was a non-profit organization dedicated to clients with paranoid schizophrenia. He was also appointed by the Governor of South Carolina to the Governor's Commission of Advanced Directives. Dennis is the host of Senior Focus, a call-in radio show on WTMA 1250am each Saturday morning. He also speaks to civic groups, church groups, and senior groups on a number of topics. He has spoken to professionals on such topics as Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid planning, special needs trusts, disability planning, veteran benefits and long term care planning. He is married and has two children.

Firm Description

We at Dennis Christensen, P.A. know from personal experience how emotionally and psychologically difficult it can be to have to make decisions about who will take care of you or your family if you become incapacitated or what will happen to your assets upon death. We also know how hard it is when a family member needs long-term health care.

Our firm is committed to helping our clients with the burdens that are associated with making the right decisions when a family member becomes ill or passes away. We offer not only legal assistance but also a helping hand and a sympathetic ear

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Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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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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