VA Planning

Qualifying for VA benefits can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Our experienced team will help you get the benefits you deserve while preserving your assets for your family and loved ones.

How Home Care Helps Seniors & Families

with Nate Benjamin

  • 11 February 2017
  • Author: IEP Team
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In this episode of Senior Matters Radio, Mark is joined by Nate Benjamin from Homewatch Caregivers. They talk not only about Homewatch and what sets it apart from its competitors, but also about how a homecare company can really help a family caring for a parent. Home care can also lengthen...

Holistic Financial Health

with Justin Walker

  • 6 February 2017
  • Author: IEP Team
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Justin Walker of Adalant Financial joins Mark to talk about what it means to have holistic financial health. Holistic financial health is more than just life insurance or an IRA, it's a multi-prong approach to having a healthy financial present and future.  

Caring for Caregivers

with Dr. Sarah Toevs

  • 29 January 2017
  • Author: IEP Team
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It's important to be aware of the caregivers among us, which is why the Center for the Study of Aging at BSU is presenting the 6th Annual Family Caregiver Conference. In this episode, Mark is joined by Dr. Sarah Toevs from the Center for the Study of Aging. They discuss the upcoming...

Importance of Socialization for Seniors

with Janine Sawaya

  • 21 January 2017
  • Author: IEP Team
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Janine Sawaya, administrator at MorningStar Senior Living, visits Senior Matters Radio to discuss isolation among seniors. Assisted living helps seniors address some the common issues they experience living alone—beyond just their physical health. Many times, individuals who move to...

Alzheimer's Support

with Catherine Owens

  • 14 January 2017
  • Author: IEP Team
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In this episode of Senior Matters Radio, Mark is joined by Catherine Owens, author, speaker, and consultant. Catherine and Mark discuss resources available from Alzheimer's Idaho to support those living with Alzheimer's and their families. This includes the Sweet Magnolias, a support...
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What Is VA Planning?

VA Planning is for Veterans or Surviving Spouses of Veterans that are in need of long term care or who may be planning for long term care. Some tools that may be used in VA Planning may include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Caregiver Agreements
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Directives

Is VA Planning Right for You?

  • You are a Veteran that has served at least 90 days active duty and one of those days was during a war period.
  • You are a spouse of a Veteran who served at least 90 days active duty and one of those days was during a war period.
  • Veteran received a better than dishonorable discharge.
  • Need long term care or planning for long term care.
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Frequently Asked Questions About VA Planning

What and who is involved in VA Planning?

What and who is involved in VA Planning?

When planning for the Veteran pension benefit it is best to involve an VA accredited attorney that specializes in VA Pension Planning. You will be involved, directly, in the planning and will be determining who you want to help handle your estate while working to get the VA Pension Benefit. These individuals can be family members, friends or professionals who have a certain skill set to handle your affairs.

Isn’t VA Planning just for Veterans?

Isn’t VA Planning just for Veterans?

It is for Veterans and surviving spouses of Veterans who have not remarried.

How is VA Planning different from other kinds of planning?

How is VA Planning different from other kinds of planning?

VA Planning is specifically for Veterans and their surviving spouse. The VA Benefit is a special benefit available to help Veterans (and their surviving spouses) to help pay for long term care.

What options do I have at this point?

What options do I have at this point?

The earlier you start planning, the more options you have. Plan while you can!

How much will VA Planning cost?

How much will VA Planning cost?

Veterans Planning can start at about $2,500 and go up to $20,000. However, there is no charge for filing the application with the Veteran’s Administration.

How often will I need to update my plan?

How often will I need to update my plan?

Making sure you are compliant with rules laid out by the VA, it is very important to review your plan annually. Our firm offers an annual Veterans Protector Program that will help you stay compliant with VA.