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Dennis Toman JD, CELA

The Elderlaw Firm, in Greensboro North Carolina

Dennis Toman JD, CELA

The Elderlaw Firm, in Greensboro North Carolina

Dennis Toman JD, CELA

The Elderlaw Firm, in Greensboro North Carolina

The founder and owner of the Elderlaw Firm in Greensboro, North Carolina, Dennis Toman is the first lawyer in North Carolina who is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning. Dennis has co-authored "Protect Your Family: Don't Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home." The book is filled with wisdom for families worried about long term care. Dennis' law degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he holds an accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Toman lectures frequently on Elder Law issues as well as on the legal issues faced by families who have a loved one with Alzheimer's. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He and his wife, Lynne, live in Greensboro and have two sons and a daughter-in-law.

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You're not alone. Help...and hope...is available.

When a care crisis hits, the stress can be overwhelming. If your parent or spouse needs elder care and you don't know who to turn to, you'll find that we are dedicated to quickly guiding you through the crisis at hand. We'll help your loved one receive the right care and help you make the right legal and financial decisions now to avoid problems later. 

At The Elderlaw Firm, you'll find our team of attorneys, social workers and paralegals understanding, responsive and skilled at finding solutions that bring you piece of mind. Elder law is our passion. Protecting you and your family is what we do. 

Sometimes people ask, "When it is too late to plan?" Our answer is, "It's too late to plan only when you have nothing left to protect." We definitely prefer when people plan ahead. However, even if you find yourself, your spouse or parent in a care crisis, there are often critical steps to take to protect your family and your retirement nest egg.

When should people plan for elder care? Generally there are three times when clients need our help. For some clients, they start by planning ahead when they are healthy and simply want to be prepared. Other times, families get our help when their loved one is moving to a care community or nursing home. And the other time, too often overlooked, is whenever a loved one gets a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's. The first time the Doctor gives a prescription for Aricept or Namenda, the next call should be to a Certified Elder Law Attorney! 

Two particular matters apply specifically for married couples. The first is that married couples need to consider why a traditional "Sweetheart Will" or "I Love You Trust" is not a good idea when there are care concerns. In addition, don't listen to the State's plan to spend half or more of your retirement savings when your spouse is in the nursing home. Instead, we can generally protect the health spouse to protect nearly all of the assets, and all of his or her income, while getting help through Medicaid Assistance to pay for the nursing home care. It is sad when someone comes to us after paying privately for nursing home care for many months or even years, and they started out with $200,000 or $300,000. Now there is only $50,000 left and they ask, "Can I protect what's left?" The answer is yes, but their life could have been so much more secure if only they had found out about us sooner. They would not have spent nearly all of their life savings; they could have worried less about their own finances and more about their spouse's getting good care. 

At the Elderlaw Firm, we want every client to have a trustworthy guide to the Elder Care Journey, from remarkable legal professionals. 

When you've got questions about elder care for a parent or spouse, a good place to start is by visiting www.ElderlawFirm.com. One of the early elder law websites, our site offers helpful guidance for Elder Care, Estate Planning, VA Benefits, Medicaid and Trust Planning. 

Founded by Dennis Toman, CELA and Board Certified Specialist in both Elder Law and Estate Planning, The Elderlaw Firm is headquartered in Greensboro, NC. We're conveniently located with free parking in our own lot, and no steps, ramps or elevators into our office.

We know our clients never want to be out of money or out of options. That's why one of the key missions of our firm is to provide quality education for families who are planning ahead, or who are going through a care crisis.

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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 12:00 PM

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403 W. Fisher Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27401

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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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How to Qualify for Medicaid

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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How to Qualify for Medicaid

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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