Category: VA Benefits

The VA Benefits Checklist

By Estate Planning Attorney Rick Law of The Estate Planning Center at Law Elder Law in Aurora, IL, just off I-88 Want to apply for much needed Veterans benefits? Here are the items you’ll need if you are a veteran, veteran and spouse, or widow or widower of a veteran. Veteran only: DD-214 or discharge […]

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Did You Serve During Wartime? The Answer Might Surprise You!

By Rick Law of Law Elder Law in West Suburban Aurora, IL Many people think the dates for “periods of war” are much narrower than they actually are. Since part of the requirements for the Aid and Attendance benefit for Veterans over age 65 require that you or your veteran spouse served 90 days of […]

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The Nuts And Bolts Guide To Veterans Benefits| by Rick Law, Elder Law Attorney, Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL

An Introductory Tour of the  Special Monthly Pension available for Wartime Veterans And/Or Survivor Spouses who are Age 65 Or Older OR Permanently and Totally Disabled. Most people think of veterans’ benefits as being only for servicemen and women who were wounded or disabled while serving in the armed forces. By and large, that is true. But we […]

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Why are VA benefits so confusing and difficult to apply for? | By Rick Law, Elder Law Attorney & Estate Planner

When my friend came to me in need of help with veteran’s benefits, I realized how little I knew about the complicated VA benefit process.  What a horrible feeling, not being able to help someone I care about when they needed me most.  What’s worse, I didn’t know any lawyer who knew enough about veteran’s […]

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Hitting the Beach at Iwo Jima

(This post about our amazing veterans and Law Elder Law’s dedication to helping them receive the benefits they deserve was first published in October of 2008. I am reposting this today in the hopes that it will help more veterans and their families find the aid they need.) “Most of the men who hit the […]

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Attention “Brown Water Vets”!

(“Brown water” means service in the rivers and delta areas of Vietnam) Even though elder law attorneys are primarily focused on nursing home benefits for wartime veterans who may be eligible for “Aid and Attendance” (a long term care benefit which helps to pay for in-home care, assisted living care, and nursing home care), we […]

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The Veteran’s Helping Hand

This is a story about heroes who serve heroes—our veterans of the armed forces. I first met the dedicated warriors of the Veteran’s Assistance Commission of DeKalb County, Illinois (DeKalb VAC) when they visited our law firm, Law Elder Law LLP recently.  The DeKalb VAC provide a full range of services related to veteran’s benefits.  […]

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We Can’t All Be Heroes: The Richard Reimer Honor Flight

Will Rogers once said, “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us get to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” I am proud to say that our client Richard Reimer is an American hero.  He served his country in the United States Navy between 1943 and 1946 in the Pacific Theater […]

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The Vietnam Vet Assassin

A substance known as Agent Orange (AO) is still killing Vietnam veterans after all these years.  If you know and love a Vietnam War veteran, this post has important information that should be forwarded to everyone who “had boots on the ground” in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In June I was speaking in Atlanta […]

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Veterans Benefits and the “Medicaid Time Bomb”

When a veteran’s family realizes that the veteran has lost money and may still be ineligible for Medicaid benefits, they are understandably at the loss of both assets and Medicaid benefits. That is what I mean by the Medicaid Time Bomb.

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Our Reviews

My wife and I had our first child three years ago. That’s when we decided to set up a trust, should anything happen to either of us. We reached out to Zach Hesselbaum to help us out. He was very thorough and professional throughout the whole process. Zach went above and beyond to make sure that we understood every detail of setting it up and he did an excellent job. We recently had our second child a few months ago. With the new baby, he helped us make the necessary revisions to the trust. Zach made this process great for us! I would definitely recommend using him for any of your estate planning needs!

Tom G., Naperville, IL