Legal Services Offered
Elder law is the concentration on the specific needs of older clients including clients with disabilities. What makes Elder Law different from estate planning is that the planning is specifically focused on age-related legal issues faced by elderly people. As individuals age, caregivers and families often seek legal advice on the complex issues. Some of these issues include estate planning, Medicare, Social Security, retirement income planning, disability planning, Medicaid, guardianship, and the probate and administration of estates. We can also litigate claims and defend their clients when necessary.
Estate planning is a complicated area of law that requires an understanding of legal, financial, and accounting principles. Estate planning assembles the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. A typical plan for someone with few assets usually includes a will, and powers of attorney. These provide direction for the probate court and your medical providers in the event of your death or incapacitation. A poorly drafted estate plan can result in confusion, family drama, a lengthy probate process, unnecessary tax payments, and even litigation.
Probate is the formal process that handles the distribution of the assets of a deceased person. The probate process involves the winding up of their estate. The process can be simple or complicated, depending on the size of the estate and its complexity. Essentially, probate is the process by which a court distributes your estate. If you’ve prepared a will, the court will distribute according to that. The probate process is lengthy and complex for people who have not prepared for it. Even if you have prepared for it, the process is still time consuming. Many people who are not lawyers can quickly become overwhelmed by the process and need professional help.