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Two of the biggest threats to our dignity as we age are losing the ability to care for ourselves and running out of money to pay for the quality care we need. As an elder law firm, we are uniquely positioned to help our clients address these and other age-related issues. Our comprehensive, compassionate approach ensures that we fully understand your concerns as we help you find solutions.
It’s never easy to confront your own mortality, but if you have strong feelings about what you want for your final years and the legacy you want to leave for your family, it is essential that you sit down with an estate planning attorney and discuss the many options that are available to you to achieve your goals.
Probate & Estate Administration
There are a lot of emotions to process after the death of a close family member. Unfortunately, loved ones often don’t have very much time to sort through their feelings before they have to take action. Whether it is informing other family members and friends about the death, meeting with the funeral home and church to plan for the burial and memorial, or reading the Last Will and Testament and probating the estate, a death sets a lot of wheels in motion.
If you are thinking about Medicaid, you should speak to an attorney who specializes in that area of law as soon as possible. There is really no time to waste—all you are wasting is money and adding stress. The sooner you get going on this, the sooner you may be eligible for Medicaid.
Asset protection requires careful planning. Threats to your assets can come from a wide variety of potential predators, including future creditors and unnecessary taxes. For such planning to be effective, you will need the help of an experienced estate planning attorney sooner rather than later.
Business Succession Planning
As a successful small business owner, you are probably used to doing it all. Even if you have employees who are in charge of various aspects of the company, you like to stay informed of what’s happening at all times. But what will happen after you are gone? Do you have a business succession plan in place that protects your business regardless of what happens to you?
Estate Tax Planning
A regular visit with your attorney helps ensure that your estate plan would still work as originally designed and provides an opportunity to make any needed course corrections based on your present situation and your future estate tax planning goals.
We all know that nursing homes cost a lot of money. Despite this knowledge, very few of us have done anything to prepare for the possibility that we might one day need nursing home care. If we give it any thought, we just decide to figure out how to pay for it if the time comes. While this approach is understandable and very common, there are other alternatives.
Special Needs Planning
As the parent or guardian of a person with special needs, you have always done what you had to do to ensure that they get the support and services they need to thrive. From working with their school on an appropriate educational plan to applying for government benefits, it’s no small task to care for someone with developmental or physical challenges. This care and advocacy don’t end once you are no longer able to do it.
Charitable gift planning can be simple a simple process. For example, you can write a check, hand over cash, transfer stock or sign a quit-claim deed to real estate directly to the charity of your choosing. On the other hand, there are more involved strategies whereby you can give and receive depending on your unique circumstances.