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Elder Law

What is Elder Law?

Elder Law is a general area of law that focuses on the needs of older individuals and couples.  It is a composite of several areas including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate, etc.  It includes creating a Medicare trust to giving someone the power of attorney to oversee your assets when you no longer can.  

Elder Law includes all legal services that help a person protect one’s property as they age and change as the client’s needs change.

More specifically, the forms of services above can involve the following:

  1. Family Asset Protection Planning
  2. Long-Term Care Planning
  3. Special Needs & Disabilities
  4. Estate Planning
  5. Probate & Trust Administration
  6. Guardianship & Conservatorship

The solution for each individual is unique.  What works for one will usually not work for another.  However, working together, we can find a solution that is best for you, and provide you peace of mind.

How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?

A qualified Elder Law attorney can assist you in making important decisions in many areas.  These include:

  1. Discuss the importance of wills and estate planning, including planning for a minor or adult with special needs, probate proceedings, and other matters.
  2. Create a durable power of attorney, durable power of attorney for healthcare, and other long term planning documents to avoid the need for a guardian and/or conservator.
  3. Financial representation: financial planning (including durable financial power of attorney), housing opportunities and planning, income, estate, and gift tax matters.
  4. Determine the need for Guardianship or Conservatorship.  Provide guidance with choosing a legal guardian.
  5. Explain nursing home resident rights and help file nursing home claims.

Draft a living will or other advance directives