Why Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

Posted on: Dec 27, 2016

Elder law is a very specialized area of the law, since it deals with a wide variety of legal issues and factors that predominantly affect individuals later in life. No matter your financial situation, everyone must confront the reality that illness, injury, incapacity, and even death may occur without notice or time to put your affairs in order. Most people’s first thought is to take steps to protect their family members. In order to effectively provide for your family, you must make decisions about different issues and execute legal documents that truly represent your wishes. Furthermore, you will want to ensure that you have the best quality of care as it becomes necessary. While every situation is different it is crucial that you sit down with an elder law attorney who can help you create a comprehensive plan, not just for your assets after you are gone, but also to address your needs and concerns as you age and confront issues related to the end of life.
For instance, you may be interested in protecting the assets that you have accumulated over the years so that they can pass on to your children and grandchildren. Depending on your individual situation, there may be a number of different ways to protect your assets especially from the costs of Long-Term Care. Only an elder law attorney can help you determine if you need a will and an asset protection trust, whom you should choose to handle your financial affairs in the event of your incapacity, and how you will finance the costs of Long-Term Care, should it become necessary.
Likewise, most people want to have a say in the type and extent of medical treatment that they receive. With that said, there are some instances in which people are incapacitated and unable to voice those preferences and decisions. If this situation occurs in your life, you will want a person whom you specifically choose to make medical decisions for you. Furthermore, you may want to make it explicitly clear whether you should receive life-saving treatment in different scenarios as they are arise. We can help you plan for any contingency, and ensure that your wishes are honored.
While it is not always fun to think about old age and the potential for illness or injury, it is highly recommended that you go through the planning process, whether your situation involves health care coverage, financial decisions, estate assets, or Long-Term Care planning, or a combination of these issues.  The Spokane asset protection lawyers of Elder Law Group PLLC handle elder law cases on a daily basis, and we know what it takes to achieve your goals in terms of protecting your family and your assets. Take the first step and call our office today at 509.468.0551 to set up a consultation with one of our Washington elder law attorneys.
 

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