Who Needs An Elder Care Attorney And When
Life moves fast. Do you have an elder care attorney you trust?
Why consider an elder care attorney?
For most people, life is so busy and moves so quickly we rarely think about how we will manage our own lives when we are elderly let alone how our parents will manage their lives! And, before you know it, your parents are elderly and suddenly you wonder if they are financially prepared to take care of their needs for however long they have left. This is typical in the lives of so many.
It is my mission as an elder care attorney to help people understand the value of taking time to think about these inevitabilities long before they arrive.
Yet, it is usually in desperation that so many people come to an elder care attorney like me, for help. Either a parent or a spouse becomes ill and/or incapacitated and the person who finds him or herself suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver is faced with legal issues that have not been properly sorted out or tended to.
Questions Need Answers
Very often the services of an elder law attorney are confusing. Many people think Elder Care Law is the same as an estate law attorney. While an elder care attorney can also be an estate and asset protection attorney, they are not the same. Estate law is concerned with what you leave to your loved ones when you die. An Elder Care Attorney knows how to help negotiate the confusing legal terrain when a loved one has become mentally or physically incapable of caring for their needs and their own personal business prior to their death.
Very often prospective clients arrive at my office wondering how they will manage one or both of their parents’ huge bills for long-term care. There are those who wonder if they will have to sell a beloved home while a parent is still alive. Others arrive not knowing that they have untapped military benefits that can be accessed. So many people simply don’t know all of the Medicaid and Veterans benefits that exist and that they may be able to take advantage of when a loved one is incapacitated.
Let A Certified Elder Care Attorney Be Your Guide
Many people think they do not need an attorney to apply for Medicaid or VA benefits. You may think you’ll save a few dollars by filling out the forms yourself or using those provided on the Internet. Unfortunately there are requirements for qualifying that most people are not aware of. The denying of benefits can be costly to so many families.
To discover that part or all of your will, trust, or medical or financial powers of attorney might not be legally valid or won’t work as anticipated can be devastating and costly trying to fix things in retrospect. You can best be served and save money by seeking the services of a qualified, certified elder law attorney before you think you’ll need one.
The sooner you begin discussing elder care plans with aging loved ones and doing your due diligence in finding an appropriate attorney, the better prepared you will be. We are elder care and estate planning and asset protection attorneys. It’s never too early to schedule a consultation.