We help you plan your estate and help you plan to find, get and pay for good long-term care. We are a general practice “Elder Law” firm. Elder Law is defined by the type of client we serve more than the subject matter. In other words, a lawyer who practices elder law may handle a range of issues but has a specific type of clients–seniors and individuals with special needs. Elder Law attorneys focus on the legal needs of the elderly and special needs individuals, and work with a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of their clients. Under this holistic approach, an Elder Law Attorney handles general estate planningissues and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents. Elder Law Attorneys also assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the elder law practice. Legal problems that affect the elderly are growing in number. Our laws and regulations are becoming more complex. Actions taken by older people with regard to a single matter may have unintended legal effects. It is important for attorneys dealing with the elderly to have a broad understanding of the laws that may have an impact on a given situation, to avoid future problems.
Our practice includes estate planning (e.g., wills and trusts), estate and trust administration, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives (e.g. living wills, health care powers of attorney), guardianships, conservatorships, and public benefits (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and SSI), disability planning, estate, gift and income tax matters, bill paying, Care management (e.g., Life Care Planning and Disability Planning), and fiduciary services. We also handle litigation involving these issues, such as will contests and estate administration disputes. we provide support to families and other attorneys when divorce litigation or personal injury litigation impacts public benefits eligibility. We help Seniors, special needs individuals and their advocates or caregivers meet these and other needs.
In summary, our practice includes:
- Life Care Planning. A life care plan is a holistic approach to many of the problems described above. It’s where many of the working pieces described above come together. One of the things we do with a life care plan is work toward providing peace of mind. With this type of planning, we help the elder or disabled person get assistance with issues that impact their ability plan and preserve assets to pay for health care costs.
- Medicaid Planning. Get assistance with Medicaid eligibility and with the Medicaid application process.
- Family Wealth Planning. Family wealth planning doesn’t just happen. The Elder law Practice can help you put together an estate plan that protects your loved ones and those they care about.
- Special needs protection. Protect disabled loved ones and get informed advice on these important estate planning issues.
- Guardianships/Conservatorships. Getting court assistance in making decisions for and caring for loved ones who cannot care for themselves.
- Wills. Prepare a Will or other document to outline your wishes regarding where your property goes after you pass away.
- Trust preparation and administration. Create a Trust customized to address all of your family’s unique needs, take into account the Medicaid trust rulesand receive guidance when a family member passes away.
- Estate planning. Receive consultation and planning to ensure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes.
- Asset protection. Receive guidance on protecting your legacy.
- Retirement planning. Working in consultation with your financial advisor, we can help you ensure that your tax-deferred accounts are properly structured to give your family the greatest tax advantages possible.
- Probate assistance. Get the assistance you need when someone with or without a Will passes away.
- Updating documents. Ensure that your affairs are in order with regular estate reviews. Amend or restate your existing estate plan to ensure its effectiveness.
- Plan coordination. Working with your regular tax or financial advisor, we will coordinate our efforts to meet your needs.
- Related Family Business Planning. Although our focus is “Elder Law,” if your life care plan or your estate plan involves business property, we can assist you with those needs as well.
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