What is Elder Law?

Elder law describes the specialized practice that deals with the complex and unique issues facing senior citizens.

The most common elder law issues that we see at our practice are estate planning, asset protection, and qualifying for Medicaid benefits to pay for long-term care costs.

There are other common issues that we regularly assist people with. If you aren’t sure whether you need to speak to an elder law attorney, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a power of attorney? If so, does it be updated? Common reasons that a power of attorney may need to be updated include the death or disability of the person who was granted power of authority, as well as changes in the family, including a divorce or separation. If you don’t have one, then you need one as soon as possible.
  • Do you have a health care proxy and/or a living will? Did you know that there is a difference between the two?
  • Do you come from a blended family? Are you concerned about who will be in charge of your funeral?
  • Are you worried about who gets your assets in the event of your child’s death? Would you prefer your assets to go to your in-laws or your grandchildren?
  • Do you have a disabled heir? Will they lose any of their state or federal benefits if they inherit money from you? Should you set up a supplemental or special needs trust for them?
  • Are you or a loved on in need of long-term care, or will you or someone you care about be entering a nursing home? Even if you are in a nursing home or are about to enter a one, we can usually help you save a significant portion of your life’s savings and have Medicaid help pay for your care much sooner than might think.

Each day that you wait can cost you time and money. Call us at 315-938-6651,  24/7, to get started.

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