Many aging Americans depend on family members or friends to help manage their finances, health, and other affairs during retirement and beyond. They often believe that their family members will be able to take care of any issues that arise. While consulting with loved ones about plans and wishes can be beneficial, relying solely on them can cause problems in the long run for both seniors and their families.
Instead, it is best to seek the advice of an elder law attorney when it comes to putting proper planning in place. The issues around retirement, wills, and estate planning are often complex. Working with a legal professional can help seniors navigate these details to ensure that decisions and plans are suited to their specific situation.
Having legal arrangements in place related to retirement benefits, assets, and to determine who will be responsible for the welfare of an aging loved one can also help to avoid family disputes and ensure that assets are preserved as intended. And although we’d like to assume family members always have seniors best interests at heart, legally-binding arrangements also protect against abuse and financial exploitation.
Elder law attorneys can also assist seniors with planning for heirs and beneficiaries by ensuring that assets don’t fall into wrongful hands due to debts, divorces, or other extenuating circumstances. They can also help avoid the long and complicated probate process.
Elder law attorney expertise
Elder law attorneys have the expertise to help seniors and their loved ones navigate all of the legal issues impacting the elderly. They can help clients to better understand Medicare and Medicaid programs and assist clients and families with all of the legal aspects of planning, including drafting wills, trusts, and powers of attorney
Below is a list of some of the services elder law attorneys provide:
- Long-term care planning
- Drafting wills and trusts
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Financial Power of Attorney
- Establishing and managing Estates and Trusts
- Tax advise and planning strategies
- Probate services
- Asset protection
… and more
Seniors tend to procrastinate planning due to the unpleasant associations of illness and death. Elder law attorneys can alleviate that discomfort by facilitating family conversations and shifting the focus to the positive benefits of planning and preparedness. The cost can also deter seniors from seeking legal advice and services, however, failing to plan can ultimately end up being far more expensive
No matter the issue at hand, seniors and their loved ones will benefit from working with a legal professional. If you’d like to learn more about how elder law services can help you or an aging loved one, contact our firm today. We are offering a free 30-minute consultation by video or by phone to help you get started with this process. Contact our office at 314-872-3333 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.