Towson Elder Care Lawyers
Advocating for Your Loved Ones
Elder care lawyers serve an important role for the elderly and their families. The practice of elder law is unique in that it is defined not by the area of law that is practiced, but by the type of client it serves. In order to advocate effectively for the elderly, lawyers who practice elder law often perform a holistic analysis of all the legal issues their clients may face, including developing an estate plan, protection of assets and Medicaid planning, Social Security, and end-of-life decisions.
What an Elder Care Lawyer Can Do for You
Elder care lawyers can help with any legal issue you may have. One common request clients have is assistance with their will and estate planning. It is advantageous to use an elder care lawyer to plan your estate because they will take a comprehensive approach. This can help you avoid the unanticipated effects that nursing home costs can have on your assets and your family.
Elder care lawyers commonly assist clients with the following issues:
- Financial Representation: This includes estate and gift tax matters, planning for housing, and bequeathments.
- Guardianship: A Guardianship enables a family member (or someone else) to make decisions regarding your health care, finances, and legal issues, should you become incapacitated.
- Living Wills: Our lawyers will help you draft a will to protect the interests of you and your family.
- Long-Term Care: An experienced elder care lawyer can help you locate a long-term care facility that works for you and your family, and can help you manage the costs.
- Medicaid Eligibility: People can pay for long-term care in three ways: (1) self pay; (2) long-term care insurance; or (3) Medicaid. There are extensive, complicated rules for Medicaid eligibility, which usually involve requiring the applicant to “spend down” nearly all of their assets on care before achieving eligibility. Speak to an experienced Towson elder care lawyer today to learn how you can plan for long-term care and protect your estate for your family. We can help make decisions about asset transfers, appeal a denial of Medicaid eligibility, apply for Medicaid, and protect the spouse of a person who needs long-term custodial care. The rules of eligibility for Medicaid are constantly changing, and a thorough understanding of the system plays an increasingly important role in successful estate planning.
- Nursing Home: Defend resident rights, including confidentiality rights, grievance rights, and discharge rights. Claims and litigation against nursing homes for negligence, neglect, or improper treatment.
- Probate Administration and Representation: Many people do not want to think about what will happen to their family after their passing, but it is important to ensure that they are not burdened with responsibility and unanswered questions about how to administer your estate. Being proactive and addressing these things while you are in a good state of mind is the best thing you can do for your loved ones. When these arrangements have not been made in advance, an elder care lawyer can help with the resolution of disputes over an estate, including removal of an executor, or a contested will.
- Supplemental Needs Trusts and Special Needs Trusts: These trusts are available to protect public benefits received by people with disabilities. If you have a dependent with special needs on public assistance, setting up a special trust for them can help you protect them.
Towson Elder Law Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jayme L. Levy LLC Provide a Comprehensive Approach to Estate Planning
At the Law Offices of Jayme L. Levy LLC, we listen carefully to our clients’ concerns and goals. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Towson elder care lawyers, call us at 410-512-6605 or contact us online today. We represent clients in Baltimore County, Howard County, Baltimore, Ellicott City, and Columbia.