Elder Law

Preserve your hard-earned wealth for your loved ones

We develop personalized plans for clients and their families as loved ones age, including the best use and management of personal and financial resources to meet their long term objectives, exploring all home-based care options as a first priority when appropriate and easing transitions in the event a facility placement is required.

Elder law attorneys help their clients and their families deal with issues that confront people as they age and as they enter into the long-term spectrum. We like to deal “holistically” with our clients in talking about long-term planning for health care, long-term care, and financial viability, family dynamics, health care and long-term care decisions, personal values, and personal preferences. We are experienced in handling a diverse range of issues affecting seniors including:

Medicaid Planning

Planning to become eligible for Medicaid is a legal process to reduce the expense of nursing home care. You plan so that if you need it, you will be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits. We provide help and guidance to individuals and families on how best to pay for the cost of long-term care at home or in assisted living or a nursing home. We strive to offer you peace of mind while we help you realize significant financial savings or better care for you or your loved one. Read more about how we can help you with Medicaid Planning.

Wills and trust

For many people, the creation of a Will is one of only a few times in their life that they will ever use the services of an attorney. This is because everything involved is personal to them, so you want everything to be clear and simple. We understand. We will draft the document, make sure it says exactly what you want it to say and make sure it meets all of the required formality to be binding in probate court.

A trust is created for the purpose of transferring property to a trustee for the benefit of a third person (beneficiary). The trustee manages the property for the beneficiary according to the terms specified in the trust document.

Durable and Health Care Powers of Attorney

A current and comprehensive durable power of attorney is the most important legal document an elder needs; it authorizes a person to act on your behalf as your “agent” or “attorney-in-fact.”  These actions given to your agent or attorney-in-fact can be over your financial affairs and/or over health care matters. A power of attorney is an instrument that everyone should have in place because unexpected events can suddenly change your circumstances drastically.

Probate & Probate Litigation

Probate is a court-supervised procedure for administering the assets of a deceased person. We seek to make the probate process less frustrating and more satisfying to our clients by being responsive and proactive with the estate as a whole.  In addition, we handle probate litigation when there is a dispute about the will, your inheritance, and/or claims by third parties on the estate.  We represent your interests and will fight hard to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum amount of inheritance under the law.

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Most people have legal control over themselves and their property. They are able to act on their own behalf. But when a living person is unable to protect or care for himself or herself, or for his or her property, because of old age, illness, or other disability, the law of guardianship (or conservatorship) permits the appointment of a competent person to protect and care for the incompetent person and/or manage the incompetent person’s property. The appointment of a competent person to protect, care for, and/or manage property for an incompetent person is usually governed by a state’s probate court.