Riverside County Lawyer For Aid And Attendance Eligibility

The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC, is a different kind of firm. We focus our services on wartime veterans and their families who approach our office hoping to find help for crushing financial problems. We work hard to help them find peace of mind and to stretch their dollars further.

Work with us so we can help you establish eligibility for a different kind of veterans benefits called Veterans aid and attendance benefits. The amounts available are substantial. Payments can be up to $2,846 a month to pay for long-term care. In addition, we craft estate plans for veterans in such a way that the estate plan will not prohibit a veteran from receiving these benefits.

Qualifications For Aid And Attendance

Wartime veterans: To qualify for aid and attendance benefits, a veteran must have been on active duty service for at least 90 consecutive days. At least one day of this 90-day period must have been during a period of any of the following:

  • World War I (April 6, 1917 through November 11, 1918)
  • World War II (Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946)
  • Korean War (June 27, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955)
  • Vietnam War (Aug. 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975)
  • Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990 through date to be set by law by Presidential Proclamation)

Keep in mind that Merchant Marine service does count for VA disability benefits as long as service was between December 7, 1941 and August 15, 1945. The U.S. Coast Guard is the guardian of these service records.

Additional criteria include the following: The applicant must have a need for care that requires the aid and attendance of another person. A qualifying veteran must have received a discharge other than dishonorable. A qualifying veteran or spouse/widow/widower must have limited income and assets available. A qualifying claimant must be 65 or older or have a permanent and total disability (not caused by the willful misconduct of the claimant) at the time of application. An application must be signed and submitted to the VA.

Maximum allowable benefits for 2017

The maximum benefit amount changes slightly year to year. Currently, this is the max amount the aid and attendance pension will pay for long-term care, per month:

  • Single veterans: $1,794
  • Veterans with spouse or dependent: $2,127
  • Two veterans married to each other: $2,846
  • Widow of a veteran: $1,153

Veterans Pension Benefits Attorney: San Bernardino County, California, And Surrounding Communities

We often work with veterans who have been previously told that they do not qualify for Veterans aid and attendance benefits. We have helped these same clients gain these benefits to meet a wide variety of costs and expenses, including:

  • Veterans aid and attendance benefits
  • Veterans estate planning
  • Nursing home Medi-Cal benefit planning
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Senior retirement living
  • Board and care
  • Assisted living

We provide all our clients with experienced legal judgment from an industry-recognized lawyer in the area of Veterans aid and attendance benefits: our firm's founding attorney, Esther Wang. Having practiced law for more than 20 years, attorney Wang, in fact, often educates other attorneys in this area of law, both as an author and as a teacher in the classroom.

We always welcome all family members and decision-makers to meetings. We know that our clients often want the comfort of knowing that their loved ones also understand any legal proceedings. Their input and advice becomes invaluable for decision-making purposes.

Attorney For Aid And Attendance Eligibility: Riverside County And Nearby Areas

To learn more about your rights regarding Veterans aid and attendance benefits and other available legal options, schedule your free strategy session with lawyer Esther Chen Wang today by calling 800-409-6271. You can also contact us online. All communications remain entirely confidential.