Elder law is an area of practice catering specifically to the aged and elderly community as well as adults with disabilities or special needs. Typical planning includes how to pay for nursing home, assisted living, or long term care. This includes planning for Medicaid qualification or Veterans benefits (such as Aid and Attendance) to assist in paying for long term care. Planning also includes trusts to shelter or protect assets from being spent on long term care expenses. We address how these types of trusts affect estate planning, Wills, Probate, and various tax issues.
Other elder law issues address the capacity of a senior citizen who may be in early stages of dementia, suffering the effects of a stroke, or Alzheimers. We assist with preparing the proper power of attorney or health care directives such as a health care power of attorney or living will. If necessary, we also assist with obtaining a guardianship.
We also address planning needed for adult children with disabilities such as special needs trusts. We advise clients of planning necessary to set aside assets for the disabled individual so the individual can still obtain Medicaid, Social Security Income, or Social Security Disability benefits.