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ELDER LAW

As Americans live longer and the elderly population continues to grow, there are an increasing number of issues facing the aging population. It has become more important than ever to help keep your life savings intact, protect your family’s home or farm, and make sure every worst-case scenario is considered for your personal health as well as your loved ones. Our team can assist you with elder law issues including:

Guardianships - A guardianship defines the legal arrangement under which one person (a guardian) has the right and duty to care for another (the ward) and his or her property. A guardianship is established because of the ward’s inability to legally act on his or her own behalf, and in the case of elder law, this typically means incapacitation through a medical complication such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or a vegetative state.

Medicaid Planning - Even if you have excellent health insurance benefits, a great retirement, and other assets set aside, it is important to plan ahead for yourself or even a loved one. There may be a time when you need Medicaid for yourself or a loved one for a medical crisis or long-term nursing home care.

End of Life Planning - There are vital estate planning documents that everyone should have in place to ensure that your wishes, or those of your loved one, are honored. These include powers of attorney and healthcare directives.

Supplemental/Special Needs Trusts - These trusts are strictly for the benefit of mentally ill and/or disabled beneficiaries.