Johnson Law LLC is a boutique law practice limited to the practice of elder law, estate and special needs planning, throughout Maryland. The practice is uniquely focused on building enduring relationships with clients and families. Whether you are facing an unanticipated crisis situation or are planning for your and your family’s future, we offer an initial meeting and consultation in our office or in your home, hospital, or nursing home. We will take the time to listen to your needs, ask questions, gather information, and work with you toward a solution that fits best for the circumstances.
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Jason C. Johnson
Jason C. Johnson received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Maryland in 2005. Jason started the practice in Annapolis after many years of law enforcement service. He was motivated to limit the practice to elder law, estate and special needs planning because of the real need for high-quality, personalized legal services tailored to the needs of seniors, veterans, and individuals with special needs. He founded Johnson Law LLC to provide caring, diligent representation in the areas
Jason is a member of the Estates & Trusts and the Elder & Disability Law Sections of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and ElderCounsel®. He is also an Accredited Attorney with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Above all, Jason is firmly committed to serving each of his clients with dignity, compassion
Elder Law is an area of legal practice which is defined by the clients it serves. In addition to traditional estate planning, attorneys practicing elder law focus on health care decision-making, retirement planning, and planning for the possible need for long-term...read more
After death, individuals’ assets are normally distributed to their survivors through the probate process. This is the case whether or not the person had a will. Retaining an attorney to provide legal representation to the estate can bring calm and reassurance in what...read more
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Many veterans are familiar with the Veterans Compensation program, but relatively few have heard of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension. Despite what its name implies, virtually all veterans who served during a period of war meet the program’s basic...read more
Elder Law is an area of legal practice that is defined more by the type of client it serves than the more traditional fields of practice. The types of legal issues that are the focus of Elder Law attorneys’ practice include: Estate Planning: Planning that is tailored...read more
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According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey of 2015 (“Genworth Survey”), seventy percent (70%) of Americans over the age of sixty-five (65) will eventually need some type of long-term care. In addition, by the year 2040, twenty-two percent (22%) of the population...read more
Having a well-drafted, comprehensive, Durable Financial Power of Attorney (FPOA) in place is an essential element of basic estate and long-term care planning. Not only does the FPOA empower your agent to manage your affairs during a period of incapacity, it permits...read more
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Can you accommodate out of the office appointments?
Yes. Our client consultation calendar has timeslots built in for appointments other than in the office, including in the home, hospital or nursing home. We generally accept such appointments throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area of Maryland, including most of the eastern shore.
In addition to a will or revocable living trust, what else is included in a standard estate plan.
Every estate plan will include a will, often with testamentary trust provisions. Depending on the circumstances and client goals, a plan may include revocable and/or irrevocable trusts as well. We will also plan for incapacity by creating a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Living Will. These documents reduce the likelihood of the appointment of a guardian, should one become incapacitated. Agents appointed will be able to respond to changed circumstances to carry out the personal, financial, and healthcare plans as they were intended.
I have heard that a living trust is better than a will – is that true?
Not necessarily. Estate planning is very individualized: what is best for one person or family may not be right for others. Many families are better off with a plan based on testamentary disposition based on wills. Trusts can be established by will that can protect minors and individuals with special needs who receive bequests under the will. For others, a revocable living trust can provide for a smoother transition because assets will pass outside of probate and a successor trustee is in place to help manage assets during the lifetime of the person creating the trust.
How much does a typical nursing home cost per year in Annapolis and elsewhere in Maryland?
According to a 2015 Genworth study, the Maryland average for a semi-private room IS $101,000 per year. A private room was more than $110,000. These rates are expected to increase 5-6% per year. There are ways to protect yourself and your family from bearing the costs of this care, should it become necessary.
Does Medicare pay for nursing home care?
Medicare does not pay for long-term nursing home care. There are basically three options to finance the cost of long-term care: long-term care insurance, self-pay, or Medicaid/Veteran’s Administration benefits. Elder law attorneys are prepared to review your situation and develop a cost-efficient planning solution that will preserve your accumulated assets to the greatest degree possible.
What happens if you die without a will?
If one dies without expressing their wishes for the distribution of their assets the distribution is controlled by the law of intestacy. In other words, the law has determined how the assets will be distributed. Very rarely does this result in the same distribution of assets that the person would have chosen had they made a will. More importantly, parents of minor children typically nominate a guardian for their children by will. If there is no will, minor children will be placed according to the judgment of the court.
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