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Elder Law Lawyers in White Plains

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As you age, many new areas of the law may become a concern for you. Asset protection, long-term care insurance, and Medicaid benefits are all factors that might be on your mind. Elder law issues are complex, and unfortunately, many of them are often changing, making them difficult to work through on your own.

Working with an elder law lawyer is the best way to safeguard your assets and create a medical treatment plan for yourself as you age. Whether you’re nearing retirement or it’s still years away, it is never too early to create legal documents with your wishes for the future. Our team at the Law Offices of Patricia G. Micek PLLC, has years of experience in elder law matters, from retirement benefits to nursing home costs. If you would like to talk about your legal needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to an elder care attorney on our team. Contact our office today by calling 914-533-1756.

What is Elder Law?

Health care needs, nursing home care, retirement funds, and asset protection are just some of the legal issues that elder law can cover. As you age, you may find yourself dealing with legal matters you haven’t encountered before, which can be difficult. An elder law attorney on our team will walk you through these legal issues to ensure you have the resources and benefits you need. We can also refer you to other working professionals who can help with your goals.

Without the right plan for your assets, your hard-earned money could be drained by nursing home costs and other medical bills. By working with our team and using estate planning tools, you can ensure that you are protected from these significant expenses. With over two decades in the industry and experience helping our own aging loved ones, we are confident that we can create a personalized legal strategy that is right for you.

Our elder law legal team can also help you qualify for in-home care to avoid spending your golden years in a nursing home. Very few people actually need the care that a nursing home provides, and many aging adults find it more comfortable to remain in their homes instead of moving to a new environment. Even if you are on dialysis, are on oxygen, are blind, or are bedridden, we are confident that we can help you find in-home care that’s right for you.

It is never too early to start planning for your future medical care and how you’ll pay for it. Most clients start planning in their early sixties, but we recommend you start sooner if you have a serious medical condition. For more information about what we can help you with, contact our law office today.

What Does Elder Law Cover?

Because the term elder law is fairly broad, it can be hard to determine exactly what legal issues it covers. Fortunately, there are many elder law issues our team can help you with.
Below are the areas our team is experienced in:

  • Estate planning: Creating wills, trusts, and other documents to reduce tax liability and protect your assets.
  • Paying for healthcare: Medicaid planning, veteran’s benefits, and other resources.
  • Planning for disability: Drafting a power of attorney and applying for SSI or SSDI.
  • Elder abuse issues: Preventing financial abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.
  • Long-term care: Nursing home costs, home care, and assisted living facilities.
  • Income planning: Social security and pension matters.
  • Retirement planning: Income distribution and benefits.
  • Legal capacity counseling: Advice on legal issues for you or your guardian.

If you don’t see your legal issue listed above, reach out to our law office today. We are confident that with our decades of experience, we can assist you with any elder law matter you are facing.

Can Elder Law Lawyers Help Me Pay for Medical Costs?

Many people are concerned about the cost of healthcare as they age. Fortunately, our team can help you plan for the future by examining your resources to help you pay for nursing homes, home care, and hospital visits.

Medicare is a health insurance option that many elderly individuals choose. However, Medicare does not cover long-term stays in nursing facilities. Medicaid is a needs-based program that does cover long-term care, although coverage can be limited based on your eligibility. With the right Medicaid planning, our team can help you or your loved one secure the resources to pay for your healthcare needs as they arise in the future.

Protecting your assets while still qualifying for Medicaid is essential for many elderly individuals with healthcare needs. You do not have to drain your assets just to qualify for the medical care you require. Our team can help you maintain your current lifestyle and qualify for free healthcare.

What’s the Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning?

Elder law and estate planning are similar, but there are some key differences between them. Estate planning documents typically focus on asset distribution after an individual passes. This includes creating a will, trusts, and LLCs. Estate plans typically do not focus on the needs of senior citizens while they are still alive.

Elder law, on the other hand, is focused on the needs of the individual before they pass away. Seniors often have different needs, including medical planning, retirement planning, and income distribution, that must be addressed right away. Family members can be helpful when assisting with issues like these, but an experienced elder law attorney on our team who is familiar with the legal system is an integral part of this planning process.

Our team can provide help with both estate planning and elder law issues. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

Do I Need an Elder Law Lawyer?

If you or your loved one is aging, there are many asset protection and healthcare considerations you must take into account. Neglecting to plan for medical treatments and other costs can be detrimental in the future. By seeking assistance from an experienced elder law lawyer, you can create a comprehensive plan to protect your assets and your health.

At the Law Offices of Patricia G. Micek PLLC, we have over two decades of experience in the elder law industry. We will work with you to examine your goals before creating a comprehensive legal plan to benefit you now and for years to come. For more information, contact our office today by calling 914-533-1756.