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Prominent National Elder Law Attorney Disputes AARP Article Recommending Divorce to Afford Health Care
Date:3/30/2010

Don Chapin, one of the foremost expert attorneys on elder care law, released this statement concerning a March/April AARP article entitled "Love is (Not) All You Need." In the AARP article, the author asserts that a couple married for 44 years was forced to divorce in order to protect their remaining savings to be Medicaid compliant. According to Chapin, the advice followed by the couple is completely off the mark

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) March 30, 2008 -- Don Chapin, one of the foremost expert attorneys on elder care law, released this statement concerning a March/April AARP article entitled "Love is (Not) All You Need" written by Mary A. Fischer.

In the AARP article, the author asserts that a couple married for 44 years was forced to divorce in order to protect their remaining savings to be Medicaid compliant.

According to Chapin, the advice followed by the couple is completely off the mark because, "the costs of care for people as they age are outrageous and even the new Obama plan probably will not dramatically change that! Families do need to do their own planning in order to afford their health care. However, 'Divorce' is way down the list of options!"

Chapin, the founding partner of National Eligibility Solutions, located in Columbus, Ohio noted that, "in my 13 years of doing nothing but Medicaid Planning, only once was our strategy to have a couple divorce because of the requisite costs associated with their care. Almost always there are much better options and solutions."

Chapin's partner, Patty Jackson who has worked with Don for several years recalled a situation where Don recommended to their client they put together a property settlement.

Although this legal course of action is just a hair shy of divorce, Ms. Jackson commented "it is a better option than divorce and it does separate finances alon
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