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Around 70-75% of people will require long-term care and the average length of a stay in a nursing home is about 2-3 years. The most proactive approach is to purchase long-term care insurance early. There are even options to avoid losing any of your hard-earned funds in the event that you are one of the fortunate 25-30% who do not require long-term care.
Even when long-term care insurance is no longer a feasible option, there are still legal, ethical and practical strategies to use the long-term care you have earned through all the years you paid into the system and still pass on a legacy to your loved ones or even your church or favorite charity/non-profit.
Failure to plan is planning to fail. This may sound harsh, but it is true, particularly when it comes to estate planning.
Proactive estate planning saves you money, saves your loved ones much hassle at a time of grief and ensures that your wishes are carried out. Colorado law allows an individual to begin estate planning at age 18 and that is not too early. Even an 18 year old could be involved in an accident or contract an unexpected illness at any time.
Additionally, estate planning is critical for any size estate. Even estates with little in the way of financial assets may involve the care of minor children or items of significant sentimental value, for example.
In any event, appointing someone to take care of your business if you cannot make your own decisions and ensuring that your wishes regarding life support are honored are of utmost importance for all of us. Having a Living Will in effect avoids the situation Terri Schiavo had where she spent over 15 years on life support while her family battled 14 Florida appeals and 5 Federal cases.
Masayo Quick is an attorney with expertise in estate planning, estate administration, Medicaid planning and VA Aid & Attendance planning. In the past 13 years, she has focused on estate planning and elder law. Some typical results for clients include saving six figure nest eggs and family homes from nursing home costs and, above all, peace of mind. Attorney Quick has a Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law – Carlisle campus and a Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Management with a minor in marketing, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is admitted to practice law in Colorado and in Federal Court for the District of Colorado. Masayo Quick is the recipient of the Miller Center Public Interest Advocate Certificate, two CALI Awards for achieving the highest grade in the class in law school, the Dean's Scholarship at the Dickinson School of Law, the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, the Colorado Scholars Award, the College of Business and Administration Scholarship and was named six times on the President's List for a 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate. She is a lifetime member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and served on the Student Conduct Committee as an undergraduate student. Attorney Quick gained valuable experience with preeminent estate planning attorneys who were members of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, Medicaid Practice Systems and the Personal Family Lawyer. She is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association. She spends several hours each month engaging in volunteer work. Attorney Quick's work has been published in The Colorado Lawyer and Legalese. Masayo Quick is a Colorado native who loves to swim