Carmen M. Verhosek



Carmen M. Verhosek
attorney, Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Carmen M. Verhosek, Esq.

INTRODUCTION

PRACTICE AREA: Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law

Ms. Verhosek is a member of the Firm’s Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Department.  She focuses her practice on estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning, and probate estate and trust administration.

Additionally, she is experienced in handling matters that include asset protection, long-term care planning, veteran benefits, special needs planning, guardianship proceedings and powers of attorney.

Ms. Verhosek is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Contact:
p: 440.695.8032
f: 440.695.8098
CVerhosek@WickensLaw.com

LEARN MORE ABOUT CARMEN

Why do/should people want to and choose to work with you?
I am equally compassionate as I am passionate about my work. Clients often come to me for direction and guidance with some of the toughest decisions in planning for the inevitable so that they may live a more satisfying life while aging. This is no easy task. They need an attorney that is dedicated and genuinely cares. In assisting clients with planning for retirement, housing and healthcare needs, financial planning, asset protection, and sometimes navigating through government agencies, I provide my clients with a balance of a warm personality and professional competence. I understand the natural progression of aging and its effect(s) on my clients. For that reason, I take an interdisciplinary and holistic approach often looking beyond the client's legal needs. I become a lifetime resource for my clients connecting them and often being the liaison between them and other services/resources available to further their goal(s).
What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." Maya Angelou
What else should we know about you?
Fun Fact: I coached my daughter's volleyball team and made it to the championships. Unfortunately, we did not win, but being a coach to 13 pre-teens taught me that I can do (almost) anything.
Tell me about your most recent big 'win'.
It was right before Christmas. I assisted a family with reinstating their adult, disabled daughter's Individual Options Waiver ("IO Waiver"). Home and Community Based Waivers provide a means for developmentally disabled persons to pay for services that they need. The IO Waivers is a comprehensive Waiver that allows disabled individuals to receive the care and support they need while in their home. This was a big win because getting approved for an IO Level Waiver is a difficult process. In addition to meeting the Medicaid program requirements, typically there is a large waiting list for the Waiver programs. Thus, losing eligibility creates a significant hardship for families. By amending the clients' Trust to conform with the complex Medicaid eligibility rules, I was able to exempt the Trust (from being a countable asset); therefore, allowing the recipient to maintaining eligibility.
2017 - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., cum laude)
1999 - David N. Myers University (B.S.)
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Norman S. Minor Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association

State of Ohio

Cali Excellence for the Future Award
Pro Bono Community Service Award (2016)
LexisNexis Legal Research Certification (2015)

2017 – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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