Katten & Benson is an established elder care law firm serving the Fort Worth community and surrounding areas since 1994. The firm has a reputation for providing quality legal services to the area’s aging residents.
What kind of services can we help you with? Our areas of planning are listed below. One of the advantages of working with Katten & Benson: we work in many different areas, can provide an integrated solution for our clients. Click on your area of interest just below, or scroll down to read all of our areas of assistance.
It is our belief that all adults should have estate planning in place to meet their needs. Visit our Estate Planning Page here to see what options are available, or click here to download our Estate Planning Questionnaire. It can help you get started on making important decisions.
With most issues in life, we tend to be more confident and better decision-makers when we have good information, and this is especially true of Medicaid planning. Katten & Benson can show you or a loved one how to qualify for Medicaid as quickly as possible, working within the rules. Click here to learn the basics of Medicaid, and to learn when you might need help.
This process is highly individualized; therefore, it is difficult for us to give you a price quote without meeting with you first. If you are interested in having us assist you with Medicaid qualification, please call our office for a consultation.
Probate is the process of gathering assets, paying debts, distributing assets and changing title to property after a loved one passes away. Contrary to popular belief, the end goal of all estate planning is not necessarily to avoid probate! In some states, probate is an expensive and time-consuming process. In Texas, this is not always true. Most probate cases are relatively inexpensive and dealt with quickly. Again, every case is different, so if you have a question about planning to avoid probate or if you are in need of probate services, please call our office for a consultation.
Guardianship can occur in two contexts: guardianship of a minor child, and guardianship of an incapacitated adult. Our firm concentrates exclusively on the guardianship of incapacitated adults. Guardianship most often occurs when a person is incapacitated at some level, and either has no planning is in place to deal with the incapacitation, or there is a disagreement as to who is responsible for the care of that person. Our philosophy is one of inclusion. We believe in communicating with the family as a whole to try and avoid guardianship wherever possible, because guardianship is expensive and time-consuming. Sometimes, however, avoiding guardianship is not possible. Our firm can file an application with the Court and represent our client through the process of obtaining guardianship.
Are you a veteran, or was your spouse a veteran? Veterans or their surviving spouses may be eligible for one of several pension programs from the VA. Click here to learn about the different kinds of Veteran’s Benefits, and what we can and cannot help you do. It is important to note that during our planning, even if it includes the client intending to access VA services, we will do our best to not disqualify your loved one from other benefits he or she may need to apply for later.
If you are not sure that you need help, here are a few things to think about:
–Have I been told that I need extra help at home?
–Is my gross income more than $2,022.00 a month?
–Do I have more than $2,000.00 in assets?
–I want to stay in my home as long as possible.
–I have limited family or community support.
–I have had a major life change (death of a loved one, marriage) that is not reflected in my current Estate Planning.
If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions / statements, then you may benefit from some help with long term care planning. Give us a call today and let our professional team help you plan for your future.