Elder Law

As loved ones age, the task of planning for their future care can be overwhelming. Elder law focuses on the financial, legal, and health care needs of individuals aged 65 and older. As elder law advocates, our attorneys are committed to providing solutions to the needs and concerns of clients in this group and their families. Preserving a lifetime of savings and protecting one’s dignity requires a solid understanding of complex state and federal laws and the practices of Medicaid workers in individual counties.

Through active memberships in the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, our attorneys stay informed on the latest issues affecting their clients.  One of our attorneys is accredited by the Veterans Administration and is able to represent veterans with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims before the Administration.

Relationships between elder law attorneys and their clients are very personal. Therefore, we offer clients a single point of contact for all their elder law needs. Our services include:

  • Nursing home and medical assistance planning
  • Asset protection
  • Gifting and divestment planning
  • Medicare and Medicaid benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • Insurance analysis (including long-term care insurance)
  • Residential housing and other living options
  • Planning for individuals with special needs
  • Tax planning
  • Durable powers of attorney for property and finances
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Marital property agreements
  • Real estate
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Veterans’ benefits

Ruder Ware publishes an electronic newsletter titled Elder Law Advisor addressing current elder law issues written by attorneys who regularly provide counsel in this changing area of law.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

  • Ruder Ware’s Elder Law Team Recognizes World Alzheimer’s Day

  • Medicaid Minute: Joint Accounts – Half Mine & Half Yours?

  • Medicaid Minute: Wisconsin’s Medicaid Rules Regarding Vehicles

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Elder Law

Peter, Paul, and Mary Should Make Large Gifts – Now!

Posted on July 30, 2020 by , and

Peter, Paul, and Mary have done well for themselves. Each has a nice home, a seasonal residence, and a large IRA. Coincidentally, each also has an additional $11 million worth of real estate, savings, brokerage accounts, and closely-held business interests. We advised Peter, Paul, and Mary that in 2020 each has a federal gift and […]

Wisconsin Medicaid Divisor Staying Put. For Now.

Posted on July 28, 2020 by , and

Every year before July 1st, Wisconsin publishes an updated Medicaid divisor to be in effect starting on July 1st of that year until June 30th of the next year.  This year, Wisconsin has not yet updated its Medicaid divisor due to COVID-19 pandemic.  At this point in time, there is no official guidance as to […]

My Spouse is in a Nursing Home and Receiving Medicaid Benefits, Is There Anything Else I Need To Do?

Posted on July 22, 2020 by , and

Donna’s husband Phil is in a nursing home and receives Medicaid benefits to pay for his care (a.k.a. Medical Assistance or Title-19).  Donna wants to make sure Phil’s Medicaid remains in place and is protected, so she wants to know “Is there anything else I need to do?” As the spouse who is not receiving […]

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