Elder Law & ALTCS

Legal care for aging adults and their loved ones

Elder adults face unique legal challenges. Whether you’re concerned for a loved one, battling a medical crisis, or seeking financial protection, Lihn Law Group meets your family’s needs with expertise and empathy.

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Elder law services

Long-term care planning (ALTCS)

The Arizona Long Term Care System can significantly offset the financial costs of long-term care but often feels burdensome to navigate alone. We guide families through the eligibility and application process, using our custom three-phase road map, to secure benefits while preserving assets.

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Guardianship & conservatorship

Protect loved ones from financial or physical harm. When a spouse or family member is no longer able to handle their own affairs, we help establish guardianship and conservatorship so you can make personal, medical, and financial decisions on their behalf.

Estate planning

Protect your hard-earned assets while preparing for the future. We advise on and help plan for the cost of long-term care, the protection of assets as they pass to other family members, and the design and creation of end-of-life planning.

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Financial exploitation

It’s painful to watch loved ones make potentially risky choices with their money. Fortunately, Arizona has strict laws designed to protect older and vulnerable adults from exploitation. We help enforce this law to end financial abuse, recover improperly used money, and punish the wrongdoer.

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My 96-year-old mother had run out of money and needed assisted living. I was stressed with no idea how to even begin.

Qualifying for ALTCS is very involved but Caleb led us through the whole process with kindness and reassurance. Whenever I called with a question the staff was helpful and friendly and would get back to me in a timely manner with the information I needed. I was very confident they would help me through. I cannot thank them enough

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At Lihn Law Group, we pair a deep empathy for our clients with a commitment to high-quality legal counseling, representation, and customer service.

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Caleb Lihn and his team made applying for ALTCS benefits for my 99-year-old grandmother easy.

Caleb is a responsive and committed advocate; his team is experienced, courteous, and efficient. If you are seeking help with long-term care planning and benefits there is no need to look further. This team has my highest recommendation.

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We’ve helped hundreds of clients reach legal and financial clarity.

Elder law needs vary by family. Here’s how we’ve helped our clients:

Assisted a home-bound, terminal cancer patient with an estate plan to document his end-of-life wishes and ensure his home and assets were split among his partner and daughter, as he desired.
Helped two sisters protect their mom, who was living in an unsafe, hoarder situation, by obtaining guardianship and conservatorship so they could assist their mother with her finances and arrange for a safer living situation.
Guided an elderly couple through estate planning. The wife lived in a skilled nursing facility, which was being paid for by ALTCS. The husband passed away suddenly, but because of the plan we helped establish, the wife inherited the marital assets in a way that allowed her to continue having her long-term care paid for by ALTCS.
Helped a client obtain financial assistance to pay for memory care for his spouse with worsening dementia while protecting his home and assets.
Assisted siblings whose father was being abused and financially exploited by someone close to him. We were able to assist the family in removing the wrongdoer from their father’s estate plan and arranging his affairs to prevent further exploitation.
Created an estate plan for a healthy, married couple in their early ‘60s, which included an irrevocable trust to protect and insulate their home and other assets for the future possibility of one or both of them needing help paying for long-term care.
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My sisters and I had many questions on how to properly care for a family member with dementia.

Caleb Lihn patiently answered all our questions and gave us solid advice on how to move forward to protect our family member. He was extremely knowledgeable and caring. We consider ourselves very lucky to have found such a great lawyer and advocate for the elderly. I worked in the legal field for 45 years and would wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Lihn to anyone with questions about elder care.

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Commonly asked questions about elder law and ALTCS in Arizona

ALTCS stands for Arizona Long Term Care System, which is a division of Arizona’s Medicaid agency (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS). 

ALTCS pays for long-term care services (skilled nursing and home and community-based services) for qualified individuals, which is a burdensome expense for most families.

A recent national study suggested that up to 70% of Americans will require long-term care services during their lives. The cost of long-term care is high, and in fact, the average cost of a shared skilled nursing room in Maricopa County is approximately $8,000/month. Most are unable to sustain this high financial burden on their own. This is why so many Arizonans turn to ALTCS to help pay for long-term care.

Yes, it is, and that’s why we find great reward in guiding clients through this difficult journey. We developed a custom three-phase road map to guide you through this process. There are two required categories of eligibility to obtain ALTCS services:

  1. an individual must medically qualify, specifically requiring a “nursing level of care.” 
  2. an individual must qualify under two separate financial categories: 
    • assets  – an individual may only possess $2,000 or less in countable assets 
    • income – an individual must have a gross monthly income below $2,549.

It is extremely common for someone in need of ALTCS to initially be over the asset and/or income limits.  One myth you may hear is that you need to spend all your money before applying for ALTCS. 

The only truth in that sentence is that it’s a myth. We start by reviewing your financial information so we can offer strategies to help you, or your loved one, become eligible. Our goal is to guide you through the process of qualifying your loved one for long-term care assistance through ALTCS while preserving assets to the greatest extent possible.

We believe proactively planning for long-term care can help preserve more of the assets you’ve worked for over your life. We can guide you through a custom plan to protect and insulate many of your hard-earned assets, so when you eventually apply for ALTCS those assets are insulated and protected, and in fact, not even looked at as part of your countable assets.

A guardian is someone who obtains the legal authority to care for another; a conservator is someone who manages another’s financial affairs.

Becoming a guardian or conservator for someone involves starting a court process and requires that an adult be deemed “incapacitated,” meaning that they lack sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning themself or their finances.

Arizona law defines a “vulnerable adult” as “an individual who is eighteen years of age or older and who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or exploitation by others because of a physical or mental impairment.”

Financial exploitation occurs when a person who is in a position of trust and confidence with the vulnerable adult uses their assets for something other than the vulnerable adult’s sole benefit.

We are experienced litigators and support our clients in and out of the courtroom to resolve legal disputes. 

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