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Welcome to the Farr Law Firm, home of Certified Elder Law Attorney* and Best-Selling Author Evan H. Farr, creator of the Living Trust Plus™ and one of the leading Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection Attorneys in Virginia and foremost legal authorities in the Country in the field of Medicaid Asset Protection and related Trusts. Our firm is dedicated to helping protect seniors and their families by preserving dignity, quality of life, and financial security.

Evan is the National Best Selling Author of 3 books in the field of Elder Law: How to Protect Your Assets From Probate PLUS Lawsuits PLUS Nursing Home Expenses with the Living Trust PlusTM ; the Nursing Home Survival Guide, which provides valuable information and guidance to families dealing with the possibility of nursing home care and struggling to make the best decisions for themselves or their loves ones; and Protect & Defend, which Evan authored along with a host of other top attorneys across the country. To learn more about all of Evan’s books, click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen labeled, “Evan's Books.”

Click the video screen to watch a 7-minute Educational Video about Elder Law and Medicaid Asset Protection Planning, featuring Evan Farr  This video, commissioned by AARP as part of the National Business Series, has been seen on Public Television stations throughout the U.S.  A shorter, 2-minute version of this video, also featuring Evan Farr, has been seen on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.   

 

Using a holistic and often proprietary approach, our firm uses a vast knowledge, understanding, and deep respect of the elderly to help our elderly clients obtain the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost, which typically involves protecting assets in order to become eligible to have Medicaid and/or Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits pay for the appropriate level of care -- be it home health care, assisted living care, or nursing home care. 

 

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Unfortunately, Medicaid eligibility rules are the most complex and confusing maze of legal rules in existence.  The United States Supreme Court has called the Medicaid laws "an aggravated assault on the English language, resistant to attempts to understand it." Schweiker v. Gray Panthers, 453 U.S. 34, 43 (1981). The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (just below the U.S. Supreme Court), in a case arising out of Virginia, has called the Medicaid Act one of the "most completely impenetrable texts within human experience" and "dense reading of the most tortuous kind." Rehab. Association of Virginia v. Kozlowski, 42 F.3d 1444, 1450 (4th Cir. 1994).  Veteran's Aid and Attendance rules are likewise also exceedingly complicated and often treacherous to navigate.

 
Let Evan Farr and the Farr Law Firm provide you with expert and experienced asset protection planning and in-depth representation in connection with Medicaid and Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits, so you don't wind up possibly spending your entire life savings on long-term care, unnecessarily jeopardizing your future care and well-being, as well as the financial security of your family.  We have two offices to serve you -- call us at our Virginia Elder Law Fairfax office at 703-691-1888 or at our Virginia Elder Law Fredericksburg office at 540-479-1435 to make an appointment for an introductory consultation.  Our practice focuses on both Fairfax Elder Law and Fairfax Estate Planning, as well as Fredericksburg Elder Law and Fredericksburg Estate Planning.  Click here for contact information or directions

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Biography of Evan H. Farr, Certified Elder Law Attorney

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In practice since 1987, Fairfax Attorney Evan Farr is widely recognized as one of the leading Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Specials Needs attorneys in Virginia and one of foremost experts in the Country in the field of Medicaid Asset Protection and related Trusts. Evan Farr has been quoted or cited as an expert by numerous sources, including the Washington Post, Newsweek Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Trusts & Estates Magazine, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Bar Association, and has been featured as a guest speaker on numerous radio shows, including WTOP and Washington Post Radio.

Evan has been named by SuperLawyers.com as one of the top 5% of Elder Law and Estate Planning attorneys in Virginia every year since 2007, and in the Washington, DC Metro Area every year since 2008. In 2011, Evan was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the DC Metropolitan area, by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the Northern Virginia area, and by  Newsweek Magazine as one of the top attorneys in the country.
 

 

Evan is a nationally renowned author and frequent educator of attorneys across the U.S.  As an expert to the experts, Evan has educated tens of thousands of attorneys across the country through speaking and writing for numerous national legal organizations such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, the National Constitution Center, myLaw CLE, the National Business Institute, the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Continuing Legal Education, and the District of Columbia Bar Association.


His publications include 3 National Best Selling books in the field of Elder Law: How to Protect Your Assets From Probate PLUS Lawsuits PLUS Nursing Home Expenses with the Living Trust PlusTM ; the Nursing Home Survival Guide, which provides valuable information and guidance to families dealing with the possibility of nursing home care and struggling to make the best decisions for themselves or their loves ones; and Protect & Defend, which Evan authored along with a host of other top attorneys across the country. To learn more about all of Evan’s books, click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen labeled, “Evan's Books.” Evan has also authored dozens of articles that have appeared in the popular press, and numerous scholarly publications for the legal profession, including two legal treatises published by and available through ALI-ABA: Planning and Defending Asset Protection Trusts and Trusts for Senior Citizens, both pictured below.

    


Professional Credentials Held (Currently or in the Past) by Evan Farr: 


Certified Elder Law Attorney,  National Elder Law Foundation*
♦ Chair, Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Elder Law Section 
♦ President, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
♦ Chair, Fairfax Bar Association (FBA) Elder Law Section
♦ Co-Chair, FBA Wills, Trusts & Estates Section
Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
♦ Charter Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners
♦ Member, National Care Planning Council 


Writing Credentials:
 
Published books and treatises in the field of Elder Law that Evan Farr has authored:


Nursing Home Survival Guide,
  
►available through Amazon
♦ How to Protect Your Assets From Probate PLUS Lawsuits PLUS Nursing Home Expenses with the Living Trust Plus™ 

   ►available through Amazon
Protect and Defend (co-authored)
   ►available through Amazon

♦ The Virginia Nursing Home Survival Guide,
   ►available through the Amazon Kindle
♦ Planning and Defending Asset Protection Trusts (co-authored) 
   ►published by and available through ALI-ABA
♦ Trusts for Senior Citizens (co-authored)
   ►published by and available through ALI-ABA
♦ CPA's Guide to Long-Term Care Planning (co-authored) 
   ►published by and available through The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 


Additional Professional Publications include:


♦ Using Trusts for Medicaid and Veteran's Asset Protection Planning (myLawCLE 2013)
♦ Using Trusts in Medicaid and Veteran's Asset Protection Planning (NBI  2012)
♦ Trusts 101(NBI  2012)
♦ Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid (NBI  2012)
♦ Qualifying for Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs (NBI  2012)
♦ Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid (NBI  2011)
♦ Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care (NBI  2011)
♦ Reverse Mortgages From An Elder Perspective: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (NBI 2011)
Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid (VAELA 2011)
♦ Strategies for Non-Married Crisis Planning (NAELA 2011)
Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid (NBI 2010)
Estate Planning for Client with Chronic Illness (Univ. of Richmond 2010)
♦ Qualifying for Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs and Preserving Family Assets (NBI 2010)
♦ Asset Protection for the Middle Class: Strategies for Estate Planners (National Constitution Center 2010)
Asset Protection For The Middle Class: Income-Only Trusts & Medicaid Asset Protection (ALI-ABA 2009)
Planning and Defending Asset-Protection Trusts (ALI-ABA 2009)
Asset Protection for the Middle Class: Using Income-Only Trusts for True Asset Protection (ALI-ABA 2009)
Planning and Using Income-Only Trusts for Medicaid and Traditional Asset Protection (NBI 2009)
Using Income Only Trusts to Qualify for Public Benefits (NAELA, 2009)
Long-Term Care Insurance: What Is It and Who Needs It? (Virginia CLE, 2008)
Funding a Special Needs Trust: How Much is Enough? (NAELA, 2008)
Demystifying Asset Protection Vehicles: The Use of Trusts in Asset Protection Planning (NBI 2008)
Medicaid Practice and Appeals (NBI, 2007)
Virginia Medicaid Waiver (NBI, 2007)
Asset Protection Using Trusts (NBI, 2007)
Trigger Provisions Creating Special Needs Trusts (NAELA, 2007)
Paying for Long-Term Care (NBI, 2007)
Fundamentals of Elder Law (NBI, 2007)


Academic Credentials:


♦ College:  University of Pennsylvania, 1984
♦ Law School:  College of William & Mary, 1987

In his free time, Evan enjoys reading (especially publications of a spiritual nature), boating, water sports, and spending time with his family and friends.  While his son was active in Scouting, Evan spent many years in service to Scouting, receiving the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth. He is also a Reiki Master and the founder of ROSE (Reiki Outreach Services for Elders).


The Farr Law Firm helps individuals and families in all counties and Cities in Virginia (Accomack, Albemarle, Alexandria, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Brunswick, Buchanan, Buckingham, Campbell, Caroline, Carroll, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dickenson, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Frederick, Fredericksburg, Giles, Gloucester, Goochland, Grayson, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Henry, Highland, Isle of Wight, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Lee, Loudoun, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Manassas, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Montgomery, Nelson, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince William, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Sussex, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, Wise, Wythe, York), all counties in Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  

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