ELDER LAW | ESTATE PLANNING

Trusted With Estate Planning
by Three Generations

Trusted With Estate Planning by Three Generations

ELDER LAW & CARE PLANNING

Keeping It Simple

Elder law and estate planning can help seniors and their families navigate the complexities of legal and financial issues associated with aging. It is much more than just having a Will or a Power of Attorney. It’s about ensuring your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are cared for, both if you become incapacitated and after you’re gone. It involves planning to age at home, protecting your hard-earned assets while planning for long-term care and qualifying for Medicaid. With the help of an elder law attorney, you can have a comprehensive plan that addresses everything from Wills and Trusts to Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives, helping to keep it simple for you and your family in times of need.

Frequently Asked Questions About Elder Law

Elder law is a legal field focused on issues affecting the aging population. This includes estate planning, long-term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and other issues important to seniors.

An elder law attorney concentrates on legal issues affecting older adults. They can help navigate complex legal matters such as estate planning, health care, long-term care planning, guardianship, and rights protection for seniors and their families.

Estate planning involves preparing for the transfer of a person’s wealth and assets after their death. It’s crucial for ensuring your wishes are honored and your loved ones are provided for in your absence.

Planning for long-term care involves considering your future health care needs and how to finance them. This can include long-term care insurance, Medicare/Medicaid planning, and setting up trusts.

A living trust allows you to manage your assets during your lifetime, provide for easy management in the event of your incapacity, and smoothly transfer them after your death, often without the need for probate. It offers privacy, flexibility, and can be a crucial part of estate planning.

Guardianship involves the legal process of appointing someone to make decisions for another person who is unable to make them independently, due to age or incapacity. This can include decisions about health care, finances, and living arrangements.

Protecting your rights as a senior includes understanding your entitlements under programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and knowing your rights regarding age discrimination, abuse, and neglect.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, while Medicaid is a state and federal program offering health coverage to low-income individuals. Understanding eligibility and benefits is crucial for healthcare planning.

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. It’s essential for scenarios where you may not be able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. Having a properly drafted power of attorney for financial, legal, as well as healthcare decisions is crucial in order to avoid guardianship.

Preparing for retirement involves financial planning, understanding your pension or retirement savings options, healthcare planning, and considering your living arrangements and lifestyle changes.

Various trusts serve distinct purposes in estate planning. Revocable Trusts offer flexibility and control, allowing you to alter or revoke the trust during your lifetime. They’re beneficial for privacy and avoiding probate. Irrevocable Trusts, once established, cannot be easily changed, providing strong asset protection and potential tax benefits. Special Needs Trusts are designed to support beneficiaries with disabilities without jeopardizing their eligibility for government assistance. Charitable Trusts allow for philanthropic contributions while offering tax advantages and fulfilling charitable intentions. Each type of trust serves a specific objective, whether it’s asset protection, tax planning, providing for a particular beneficiary, or supporting charitable causes, thus forming an integral part of a comprehensive estate plan.

Long-term care, especially in nursing homes, can be financially draining, making it crucial to strategize for asset protection. Purchasing long-term care insurance can provide coverage for these costs, alleviating the financial burden. Additionally, setting up a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust allows you to qualify for Medicaid while preserving your estate. These trusts must be established and funded well before they’re needed, as Medicaid has a look-back period for asset transfers. Other legal strategies may include converting countable assets into exempt ones, thereby reducing your estate’s value for Medicaid eligibility. This planning ensures that your hard-earned assets are protected and that you have access to the necessary long-term care without exhausting your estate.

A Health Care Power of Attorney is a vital legal document in which you designate a trusted individual to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This appointed person, often a family member or close friend, will have the authority to make decisions ranging from routine medical treatment to more significant decisions like surgery or life-sustaining measures. This ensures that someone who understands your values and wishes can oversee your healthcare needs. It’s crucial to have open discussions with your chosen agent about your health care preferences, including treatment options and end-of-life care, to ensure they are well-prepared to make decisions that align with your wishes.

Advance directives are legal documents that articulate your wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life care. These include living wills, which specify the types of medical treatments you would or would not want in certain situations, and health care proxies or durable powers of attorney for health care, where you appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to do so. These directives are crucial for ensuring that your preferences for life support, resuscitation, and other medical interventions are respected, especially in circumstances where you can’t communicate your decisions. They provide guidance to your family and healthcare providers, reducing uncertainty and stress during difficult times, and ensuring that your healthcare and life support preferences are known and honored.

Milvidskiy Law Group P.C. is a comprehensive estate planning and elder law and firm dedicated to guiding seniors and their families through a variety of legal challenges associated with aging. Our expertise covers a wide range of services, including wills and trusts, asset protection, elder care and Medicaid planning, estate and inheritance tax planning, trust and estate administration, business succession planning, special needs planning, and more.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

  • Experienced Team: Our estate planning attorneys brings a wealth of experience in drafting wills and trusts, as well as assisting with trust and estate administration, no matter the size and complexity of the estate or family circumstances.
  • Personalized Solutions: Custom-tailored approach to estate planning that cater to your individual needs. Our team will help you determine the best route for your unique situation.

  • Premium Customer Service: We pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service to our clients. Our highly-trained and friendly staff will be there for you and your family at every step of the way. You don’t have to go it alone.

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