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Michael C. Weeks, CELA
50 Portwest Ct Saint Charles, MO 63303-5985
(636) 486-9009
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About the Practice
Mike is the President of the Weeks Group, LLC, an estate planning and Elder Law firm in St. Charles, Mo.  He focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning and Elder Law and helps clients through the creation of wills, revocable living trusts, power of attorney documents, health care directives, as well as estate tax planning.   Additionally, he is also very active in the areas of Medicaid planning and asset protection against the costs of long-term care, as well as non-Medicaid solutions to long-term care crisis situations and prevention of crisis situations. Mike currently serves on the NAELA Board of Directors.
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Veteran's Benefits 2019Covers the accreditation requirements, but also provides practical tips on how to advise and plan for clients who may need veterans benefits of all types. The VA accreditation program exists to ensure that Veterans and their family members receive appropriate representation on their VA benefits claims. VA accreditation is for the sole and limited purpose of preparing, presenting, and prosecuting claims before VA. This three-hour program fulfills both the initial as well as the ongoing CLE requirements for VA accreditation pursuant to 38 CFR 14.629(b)(1)(iii) and (iv).
New VA Pension Benefit RuleOn October 18, the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) new rule related to net worth, asset transfers, and income exclusions for needs-based benefits goes into effect. The amended regulations impose a new-look back period for asset transfers, establish new requirements for evaluating net worth, and identify which medical expenses may be deducted from countable income. Learn about what's in the new rule from members of NAELA's VA Task Force.
The Use and Structure of Personal Care ContractsLearn how to utilize care contracts to fulfill your client’s life care objectives while employing/compensating family members (usually) to achieve them.
Special Needs Trust Distribution (Trusts Section Newsletter)Special needs planning is triggered by a person’s health problems. A special needs trust (SNT) is usually part of the planning, designed to allow the potential beneficiary’s publicly- funded health coverage (that is, needs-based Medicaid) to continue despite the existence of a trust for the person’s benefit. The special needs trust funds are distributed to supplement state and federal cash income and medical coverage programs. If the trust terms fit the public program rules, the trust is not considered an “available resource” so as to disqualify the beneficiary.
Today's Advanced Medicaid 2017takes an advanced view of Medicaid by looking at the past and how it affects current planning opportunities.
Case Note: A Second Look at Marmet Health Care Center v. Brown (Journal)Ron M. Landsman, Esq., CAP, responds to a case note in the Fall 2012 issue about Marmet Health Care Center v. Brown, where the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted a West Virginia public policy prohibiting enforcement of predispute agreements to arbitrate personal injury or wrongful death claims against nursing homes. Although the opinion limits the ability to sue nursing homes for malfeasance resulting in injury and death, Landsman observes that it also reaffirms that state law controls whether a contract imposing binding arbitration is enforceable. After reviewing state law theories that attorneys can utilize to avoid an arbitration clause, Landsman discusses how attorneys can protect their clients from arbitration agreements when drafting powers of attorney and negotiating nursing home contracts.
Medicaid For Married PersonsExplore all of the strategies available to protect the Community Spouse including spend down, conversion of countable assets to non-countable assets, and transfers of assets. Appeals for expansion of the minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance and Community Spouse Resource Allowance.
Advanced Medicare Issues (2016)This session will provide a review as well as an overview, of some of the more advanced issues in Medicare that clients may face. ​​​​​​
"You Want How Much?" - Communicating the Value in Your FeeExamines different fee structures used in typical Elder Law practices and discusses how to understand the benefits of each. Identifis strategies to communicate fees to clients, including payment structures. Analyzes different payment options for fees and discusses the ethics of flat fee billing
VA Proposed Rules on Needs-Based BenefitsThe Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) proposed a rule on January 23 that "would establish new requirements pertaining to the evaluation of net worth and asset transfers for pension purposes and would identify those medical expenses that may be deducted from countable income for VA's needs-based benefit programs." The proposed rule includes a three-year look-back on asset transfers, the establishment of a ten-year maximum penalty period, and a clear net worth tied to the maximum community spouse resource allowance established for Medicaid purposes (presently $119,220). NAELA plans to respond to the rule, due before March, 24, 2015, and needs your help ensuring that the VA does not finalize a rule that would harm veterans.
Planning for Aid and Attendance in Complicated SituationsTaking your practice to the next level? This recorded webinar discusses A&A for veterans and their spouses in difficult or challenging situations.
Introducing the Young/New Attorneys Section(Page 7) NAELA has over 4,000 members, but there is definitely a much smaller core set of active members. While this is to be expected in any professional organization, most would agree that it would be preferable to see that core group expand.
Simple Tips to Help in Medicaid Planning for a Married CoupleYou must be a member of the Young/New Attorney Section to view this content. For information on joining a section please email us at membership@naela.org
VA Basics (2013)This presentation will include an overview of the federal laws and regulations that create the legal framework for the veterans benefits. In addition, the presentation will address the role of the lawyer in the planning, application, and appeals processes. Topics covered also will include permissible legal fee agreements and the attorney certification process. Presented by Michael C. Weeks, CELA
Maximizing the Use of Associates to Increase ProfitsFocuses on the differences between associates and other staff members and effective training techniques for younger attorneys. It also examines commonly made mistakes in utilizing associates, which can lead to unsatisfying results for both employer and employee.
2012 NAELA Annual Conference: Learning and Networking in SeattleThe last week of April 2012 presented a very special opportunity for 240 NAELA members to gather in Seattle, Wash., for three days of networking and fantastic learning opportunities focused on Elder and Special Needs Law
VA Basics: Laws, Regulations and CertificationThis presentation will include an overview of the federal laws and regulations that create the legal framework for the veteran's benefits. In addition, the presentation will address the role of the lawyer in the planning, application and appeals process. Topics covered will also include permissible legal fee agreements and the attorney certification process.