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How Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys’ Can Help Jacksonville Seniors?

It’s no secret that seniors often face complex legal concerns surrounding their estate and last wishes.  If you are a senior or someone who’s helping to make decisions for a senior, it’s important that you work with an attorney who is an expert at working with seniors issues.

In the legal sense, this planning is the process of getting your affairs in order and determining who will receive your assets after your passing. This “what happens when I die?” scenario typically includes your assets, how will they be distributed and who will receive them. This is done with the intent of minimizing estate and inheritance taxes through the use of legal wills and trusts.

However in today’s world, the more difficult question is “what happens if I live?” but am not healthy and have increased health care costs and need to rely on others for either temporary or permanent assistance.

If you are a senior or someone who’s helping to make decisions for a senior, it’s important that you work with an attorney experienced with seniors issues.Do You Need an Elder Law Attorney or an Estate-Planning Attorney?

The simple explanations are as follows:

  • If you have a level of assets sufficient to pay for long-term care under any scenario without running out of funds then an Estate-Planning Attorney is most likely what you need.
  • If, you cannot afford the $120,000 or more per year cost of nursing home care indefinitely, ($250,000 per year in the case of a married couple) then an Elder Law Attorney should be consulted.

How an Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

Elder Law attorneys specialize in how to best use their knowledge to fit the needs of seniors. Some of this expertise includes:

  • Preservation and transfer of assets seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment, when a spouse enters a nursing home
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare claims and appeals
  • Social security and disability claims and appeals
  • Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues
  • Disability planning, including use of durable powers of attorney, living trusts, living wills, for financial management and health care decisions, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency or incapacity
  • Conservatorships and Guardianships

How an Estate Planning Attorneys Can Help:

In general terms Estate Planning attorneys planning for the management of an estate during life and its disposition after death, through the use of trusts, wills, and other planning documents

  • Probate Law and Probate Court
  • Administration and management of trusts and estates
  • Long-term care placements in nursing home and life care communities
  • Nursing home issues including questions of patients’ rights and nursing home quality
  • Elder abuse and fraud recovery cases
  • Housing issues, including discrimination and home equity conversions
  • Age discrimination in employment
  • Retirement, including public and private retirement benefits, survivor and pension benefits
  • Health and Mental Health Laws

Ask Before You Hire

You will want to hire the attorney who regularly handles matters in the areas of your concern and who will know enough about the other fields to question whether the action being taken might be affected by laws in any other areas.

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