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William R. Blumer Esq., CELA

Leisawitz Heller

William R. Blumer Esq., CELA

Leisawitz Heller

William R. Blumer Esq., CELA

Leisawitz Heller

William Blumer is a shareholder in the firm of Leisawitz Heller and handles a wide variety of elder law matters. These include estate planning, Medicaid planning, fiduciary and guardianship litigation, trust and estate administration and tax planning. He is one of only attorneies practicing in Berks County certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. He is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.A.), the Dickinson School of Law (J.D.) and Villanova University (L.L.M., taxation). He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys, chairs the elder law and estate planning section of the Berks County Bar Association, and is a past president of the Berks County Estate Planning Council. He is the former chairman of the board of Berks Encore and teaches courses for Berks Encore on fiduciary service for those acting as agents under powers of attorney and court-appointed guardians. He is a frequent speaker on elder law issues and is a past instructor in elder law for Penn State University's paralegal program.  Currently, Bill serves as chairman of the board for Easterseals, Eastern PA, as a trustee of the Berks County Law Foundation and serves of the board of the Circle of Life Coaltion and the Community Justice Project.

Firm Description

Our firm provides a variety of elder law services. These include Medicaid asset protection planning, assistance with Medicaid applications, preparation of wills and trusts, tax planning, estate and trust administration, will contests and trust litigation, guardianships and planning for distributions from qualified retirement plans.  I have a standard $500 charge for the initial consultation in most elder law matters.  That initial meeting is a lot more than a "get to know you" meeting. The purpose of the initial consultation is to review the facts of your case, explain the legal issues you face and offer specific recommendations to address the challenges you are facing. Once we’ve done that, I can usually quote a fixed cost to implement whatever plan you agree upon.  I am available for evening appointments, Saturday mornings and home visits by special arrangement.

Hours

Day From To
Monday 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

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2755 Century Boulevard
Wyomissing, PA 19610

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Medicaid 101
What Medicaid Covers

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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

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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

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

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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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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

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Alternatives 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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