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Elder Law, Nursing Home Protection & Medicaid Planning

The good news is that Americans are living longer than ever before. The bad news is that many of us will eventually require long-term care, which is very expensive. Elder law incorporates a wide range of practice areas, including long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, estate planning, asset protection and more. Our South Dakota elder law lawyers have extensive experience in all of these areas, and are committed to helping seniors and the people who love them manage the changes that come with growing older.

One of the most important things you can do is asset protection planning. If you go broke from long-term care expenses, you have no choices left.  Preserving your life savings or protecting your home gives you options. It is especially important to protect assets when there is a spouse at home otherwise all too often that spouse at home is becoming impoverished paying for nursing home care for their spouse and still having living expenses for themselves.  Even if you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s not too late to do asset protection planning. We have South Dakota’s only board-Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, which is the only elder law program accredited by the American Bar Association. We understand the tax planning, asset protection planning, Medicaid and VA rules, and estate planning components to putting together a holistic plan that works for the family. 

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Elder Law Stats

One of the primary goals of elder law is to help seniors find ways to pay for expensive long-term care. We don’t want to alarm you, but consider the following statistics:

  • Nearly three out of every four people over the age of 65 will require long-term care at some point in their lives.
  • The median cost of nursing home care in South Dakota for a private room was an average of $100,000 a year for our area. In certain situations, nursing home care costs considerably more, and costs are expected to rise dramatically in the future.
  • Many families exhaust their life savings within a year or two of a family member entering a nursing home.

We Offer

  • Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts
  • Veterans Asset Protection Trusts 
  • Care Agreements 
  • Asset Protection Plans
  • Medicaid Compliant Planning 
  • Benefits Planning 
  • Spend-Down Avoidance Plans


  • Medicaid Applications 
  • Qualified Income Trusts/Miller Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Promissory Notes
  • Special Needs Planning 
  • Powers of Attorneys for Seniors 
  • Estate Planning for Seniors 

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