No matter how significantly COVID-19 has changed manner in which elder law is practiced (shuttered courthouses, self-isolation, remote computing and video conferencing), the substantive law changes during this period have been even more momentous.

The eligibility for Medicaid home care has been drastically altered; the Medicaid application requirements and recertification process are totally revised; remote notarization is permitted; and remote execution of wills and other estate planning documents is now allowed. What was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago is now the “new normal.” These changes will require a complete rethinking of the practice of elder law and the advice given to clients.

Medicaid Home Care Will Have a 30-Month Look-Back Period

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