As people age, they often face new legal issues such as health care concerns, long-term care planning, adult guardianship, retirement issues, Social Security, Medicaid planning and other important matters. A Florida Elder Law Attorney advocates for aging adults and their families. Older adults often have unique issues that they did not have when they were younger and want to age with dignity and respect.
What Is An Elder Law Attorney?
Elder Law Attorneys handle the financial and Estate Planning legal issues that affect older adults, their caretakers and their families. Elder Law Attorneys have experience handling the sensitive and often stressful emotional and physical needs faced by aging seniors. An Elder Law Attorney can advise senior citizens and their families on the best options to protect themselves before a crisis occurs and protect their loved ones and their assets.
Elder Law Attorneys help educate seniors and provide legal assistance within the following practice areas:
1. Living Wills and Trusts
Trusts go into effect while you are alive and are revocable, meaning that you can change the terms of a living will or trust. In comparison, a traditional will goes into effect after your death and an irrevocable trust cannot be changed.
2. Estate Planning
Estate Planning provides Peace of Mind for you and your loved ones. Good Estate Planning provides direction on how you want healthcare decisions made if you become ill or incapacitated and can no longer make your own medical decisions and how you want your assets distributed after you are gone. Without an Estate Plan in place, your family can face unnecessary stress and your estate can be subject to unnecessary taxes. End-of-life planning can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary to make sure that your wishes are carried out after you are gone.
3. Adult Guardianships
Adult Guardianship is a legal process that gives you the legal right to make decisions for a parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia through a court proceeding and granted by a judge.
4. Medicaid Planning
Long-term care is expensive. Medicaid Planning can help you receive the financial assistance you need without losing your assets.
5. Power of Attorney Drafting
If you are not able to make your own financial or medical decisions, you can choose to give someone Power Of Attorney to make those decisions on your behalf. A POA has the flexibility to be enacted for a specific transaction and for a specific time period.
6. Long-term Health Care Planning
As you age, you may not be able to live independently. Long-term Health Care Planning lets you make important decisions about your future as you get older.
7. Asset Protection
You worked hard to earn the assets you’ve acquired and you want to protect your assets for your heirs and make sure they are safeguarded for your beneficiaries.
An Elder Law Attorney can help:
adults plan for their future as they age before a crisis occurs
families care for and protect vulnerable elders
Aging adults have different legal needs than young adults. An Elder Law Attorney has the experience to help older adults and their families plan for the future and find a solution that works best for them. Elder Law Attorneys have experience working with families during stressful times if a crisis does occur.
We Are Here To Help
An Elder Law Attorney can help you with planning before a crisis hits, leaving your family in a vulnerable position financially. Florida Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel of The Siegel Law Group, P.A. can help you plan, create or update your current Estate Plan, Will or Revocable Living Trust. Call us toll-free at 855-FLA-ESTATE or at 561-955-8515 or schedule a free consultation.