If you have elderly parents, have you hired a good estate planning lawyer? There are a range of things to consider when caring for your senior parents, especially where their health is concerned. So if you aren’t already, we recommend working with a trusted New Jersey estate planning attorney who will ensure your parents’ interests are protected.
Despite the popular misconception, elder law attorneys don’t exclusively deal with issues related to death. While these issues are typically a part of their practice, they also deal with a wide variety of legal issues relevant for seniors like Legal Guardianship, planning for long-term care, Medicaid, and much more. Your estate planning attorney should understand your needs, explain what your options are, and work to protect your interests.
How elder law attorneys help with senior parents
Legal Guardianship: If your senior parent becomes disabled, incapacitated, or generally unable to care for themselves and make decisions for themselves, they’ll need a legal guardian to step in and handle their care. It’s essential that your parent chooses a legal guardian while they’re still of sound mind, or else it may be contested in court.
Long-term or in-home care: For elderly people who require long-term or in-home medical care, elder law attorneys can help them create a financial plan that covers the care they need, and manage other budget considerations.
Medicaid: Determining eligibility and applying for Medicaid can be a long, confusing process. If you think your senior parent might be eligible for Medicaid but aren’t clear on the specifics, speak with an elder law attorney.
Nursing home concerns: If your elderly parent is living in a nursing home, you expect them to be treated with the utmost care and respect. Whether you need help budgeting for their care or you have concerns about their treatment in a nursing home, contact an elder law attorney who can help.
If you’d like to know more about how our New Jersey estate planning attorneys can help you and your elderly parents, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at SCC Legal today. We look forward to hearing from you.