Elder law can be defined as a holistic approach to assisting the elderly with their legal needs. Traditional estate planning focuses more on post-mortem planning and disposition of assets. While elder law attorneys are skilled in these areas, the natural extension of this practice is to assist the elderly with their pre-mortem, or lifetime needs. Areas of elder law practice include health and personal care planning, such as advance directives, fiduciary representation, capacity issues, guardianship, powers of attorney, financial planning, public benefits advice, resident rights in long term care facilities, and probate and trust administration.
For example, in addition to providing a menu of traditional estate planning services, our firm also focuses on guardianship/incapacity, and Medicaid planning to assist in covering the cost for long term nursing home care and special needs planning to plan for the future of a disabled loved one with special needs. Please view the information below as it pertains to each one of these practice areas.