Generally speaking, an elder law attorney provides advice and guidance in a variety of areas, which may include:
- Estate planning (i.e. execution of wills and trusts) for management during life and after death
- Trust administration and probate
- Powers of attorney
- Elder abuse and fraud
- Advance directives for healthcare
- Planning for incapacity and long-term care
- Health care and mental health
- Nursing homes
Some of these areas fall into the financial realm. Who will manage your financial affairs if you become unable, and with what authority will they do so? How can you establish that authority for someone to help manage your finances? What if someone has been abusing that authority? Where do you want your estate to go when you are deceased? Do you need to worry about estate taxes?
Another realm is the homeplace. Is it suitable for you? Have mental or physical issues arisen that are not being addressed? Can you navigate physically, and cook and clean for yourself? What are the costs and benefits of moving out of the home into independent senior living or assisted living? What are the differences between the two? If you move, should you sell the home to pay for care?
The third major realm is healthcare. Have you made decisions regarding end-of-life care, and have you selected someone to communicate those decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so? If you need to move into assisted living or into a nursing home, how will you pay for it? Will Medicare pay? Medicaid? What about VA benefits; how does that work?
These questions are extremely common, and they have countless variations. The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler through information and education can guide you through these issues.
The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler can assist by getting the necessary documents in place, providing know how regarding care and benefits, and by connecting you with other professionals who serve the elder community.
When it comes to aging, planning ahead is of great importance, and an attorney is often one of several professionals who can help you and your family successfully navigate the course. From estate planning to healthcare, in addition to preparing legal documents, The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler can help provide the information and resources you will utilize in your decision making. Through your education, The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler, can help you make the best decisions for you and your loved ones as you age.