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Elder Law Planning
Elder Law refers to a wide range of legal matters affecting older, disabled or deceased persons. Planning ahead for Elder Law issues protects and preserves assets in the event of incapacity or death.
Estate planning encompasses wills, trusts, guardianship, advanced directives, health care surrogates, powers of attorney, end-of-life planning, etc. Almost everyone has a need, whether their estates are large or small, to protect and preserve assets for themselves and loved ones in the event of incapacity or death. Proper planning minimizes the need for court approval or intervention into one’s affairs in these events.
Probate is the judicial process whereby a will is authenticated in a court and accepted as a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased. Probate is different for every case and often highlights the need to have a solid and well-drafted estate plan in place.
Probate includes complicated legal issues where any mistake can have severe consequences for heirs, trustees or personal representatives. Our probate attorneys are trained and educated in all aspects of probate administration.
Medicaid planning is complex and easy to mess up if not handled properly. It can be needed as a result of a crisis or part of pro-active planning for future needs. Many people may not be able to afford to pay privately for their care with the rising cost of long-term care and increasing life spans.
Our attorneys will help individuals and their families plan ahead to obtain the qualification for Medicaid for nursing home stays or at-home care. Medicaid will pay for nursing home care on a long-term basis.
VA Pension Planning
The VA helps veterans and their families with financial challenges by providing a supplemental income through VA Pension and Survivors Pension. The benefits are mostly for elderly (65+) or injured in war veterans, their dependents and surviving spouses. Veterans and surviving spouses can qualify for basic pension and further benefits based on whether they need daily assistance or are housebound. Veterans can receive money for certain funeral expenses, such as burial, headstone, and plots.
Our VA Accredited attorney is accredited by the VA to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. Claims that have been denied can be appealed.