Protect Your Senior Rights
You have an advocate who cares for your well-being.
Planning for your future as a senior citizen can be overwhelming and intimidating. Don't worry, we're here for you! Let us help you make the important decisions to secure your finances for your future.
Making sure your finances, as well as your health, are taken care of is crucial for you and your family. Have you thought about when and where you will get health care? If a nursing home is a possibility, it is never too early to start planning.
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As you are preparing for retirement and leaving a legacy for your family, it is important to work with someone who knows which decisions you need to make to ensure a secure future.
Who This Service is For
Elder Law serves the needs of elderly and disabled persons along with support for their family members. Many caregivers may find Elder Law helpful to cover financial and legal issues and needs. Elder Law attorneys can advocate for you to handle these legal matters related to health care, long term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and more.
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How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?
- 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.
- Provide help with health care and planning, including long term care options, patient rights, Medicare, and health care power of attorney.
- Financial representation: financial planning (including durable financial power of attorney), housing opportunities and planning, income, estate, and gift tax matters.
- Guardianship: help with the selection and appointment of a legal guardian.
- Help locate long term care facilities and manage assisted living cost.
- Explain nursing home resident rights and help file nursing home claims.
- Draft a living will or other advance directives, including a durable power of attorney and long term planning documents.
Among the questions you could ask an Elder Law Attorney are the following:
- How long have you been practicing this form of law?
- Where did you get your education, and do you engage in continuing education? (Ask for details as to how the attorney keeps up-to-date.)
- Are you licensed to practice Elder Law in this state? (Don’t take anything for granted.)
- Here is a list of the required services: can you fulfill them? (Ask for a detailed description of what will be involved in fulfilling them.)
- Do you have court-related (litigation) experience? (May never be necessary, but good to know.)
- What organizations do you belong to? (There are a number that are Elder Law-specific.)
- What type of fee schedule do you offer? (A flat fee, versus an hourly rate, might save you money.)
- When money is an issue: Do you have a sliding scale or do pro bono work?