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:
- Family Asset Protection Planning
- Long-Term Care Planning
- Special Needs & Disabilities
- Estate Planning
- Probate & Trust Administration
- 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:
- Discuss the importance of wills and estate planning, including planning for a minor or adult with special needs, probate proceedings, and other matters.
- 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.
- Financial representation: financial planning (including durable financial power of attorney), housing opportunities and planning, income, estate, and gift tax matters.
- Determine the need for Guardianship or Conservatorship. Provide guidance with choosing a legal guardian.
- Explain nursing home resident rights and help file nursing home claims.
Draft a living will or other advance directives