The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747

Long Term Care Planning: Medicaid and Veteran's LTC Benefit

One of the biggest threats to your estate is the cost of long term care.  Long term care includes nursing home, assisted living, adult family home and independent living with assistance.  Attorney Holland McBurns, Of Counsel with Burke Law Group, has both the special training and experience to be able to offer solutions through careful planning to help your family.  Our goal is to protect assets and income so that you and your spouse do not become impoverished due to the high cost of long term care.

For many families, Medicaid is the government's safety net to provide for the needed long-term care.  Medicaid includes a government program that pays for long term care for those who qualify.  However, there is a heavy price associated with this program as it could require a substantial pay down of the estate unless certain legally permitted steps are taken when the need is identified. It is a needs based program and has strict rules about income and assets.  We can help you qualify without going broke. 

The Veteran’s Aid and Attendance allowance is a cash benefit paid monthly to veterans, surviving spouses and parents with long term care needs.  Nearly three million veterans are eligible but few apply.  The application process can be lengthy and complex.  Holly McBurns has taken the special training conducted by the Veterans Administration to be certified to represent veterans as she assists them through this application process. can help ensure you qualify for the benefits.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce

Kelly Padgham

Former Principal / Member of the Firm; Kelly passed away on September 20, 2015