Whether your loved one is in the early stages of Dementia/Alzheimer’s or is currently residing in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Care Facility, WE CAN HELP. With the average cost of skilled nursing care exceeding $6,000 per month, our goal is to protect as much of your loved one’s “hard earned” assets as the laws allow. We can help create an Asset Preservation plan that will minimize your loved one’s “out of pocket” long-term care costs while still getting the care he or she needs and deserves.
Qualifying for Medicaid benefits to help pay for your long-term care expenses is often a “life-saver” for most families. Although the majority of people believe they won’t be eligible for Medicaid benefits until they “spend down” the majority of the assets, that’s NOT the case in most circumstances. With proper planning, your loved one could be eligible for Medicaid benefits sooner than you realize AND without having to exhaust all of his or her assets first. If you have a loved one receiving long-term care, let us help protect the assets, while at the same time having Medicaid pay for most of the care.
We want to help you find effective solutions to your estate, your health and your family. With proper estate planning, your estate taxes could be reduced and thereby leaving more of your wealth to your beneficiaries. Also, effective estate planning will give you peace of mind knowing your family is best situated to handle your affairs – both in life and in death.
When an loved one has diminished capacity, it is often necessary for someone to be “appointed” to act on behalf of the loved one. Guardianship allows families to help their loved one receive the medical care they desperately need and deserve, as well as allowing family members to ensure their loved one’s assets are protected financial mismanagement can be avoided.
Estate & Trust Administration
Although it’s extremely painful when a loved one dies, it’s still important to follow the necessary legal procedures to ensure your loved one’s wishes are honored in a smooth and timely manner. Whether you loved one dies with or without a Will or with a Trust, let us help you administer the estate so you can focus on what’s most important at this time – your family.
Nothing is more frustrating, disheartening, and devastating than learning your loved one has been abused, injured, or mistreated by the very people entrusted to care for him or her. Poor care and neglect to the elderly can quickly result in serious injuries or even death. As a result, elder abuse and neglect must be taken very seriously. If you suspect a loved one has been abused or neglected, we can help “right the wrong.”
Unfortunately, many elderly are being subjected to financial abuse, such as theft or embezzlement from the patient’s bank account. And most of the time, it’s being done by someone who the elder trusts. If you suspect your loved one is being financially exploited, we can help investigate the matter to determine the best cause of action for your loved one.
As a Veteran who has served this great country honorably, you may be eligible for compensation or pension benefits. Widows and Widowers of Veterans also may be entitled to a death pension and a pension to help pay for long-term care costs (Aid and Attendance Pension). Let us help you determine if you are eligible for these benefits. After all, it’s the least we can do for you.
Wills & Trusts
In order to properly carry out your wishes in regards to your estate, a well drafted Will or Trust is invaluable. Whether you want to plan for a disable child, avoid probate or provide to a charitable cause, ensuring your wishes are properly and legally recorded is imperative. Our firm assists both individuals and married couples in determining what type of estate plan best meets their needs. Whether it’s a Will or a Trust, we are there every step of the way.
About Jason Sutton, the founder of The Elder Care Law Firm, PLLC.
Jason Sutton is the founder of The Elder Care Law Firm, PLLC. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, while on a four-year athletic scholarship to play varsity basketball for the Wolfpack. As a scholar athlete, Mr. Sutton excelled both on the court and in the classroom earning various athletic and academic honors.
Mr. Sutton then earned his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. While in law school, he focused his course studies on Elder Law and Estate Planning.
In addition to being a member of both the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Mr. Sutton is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Care Attorneys (NAELA). As a member of NAELA, he strives to raise his practice to NAELA’s Aspirational Standards, and to conform his practice of Elder Law with NAELA’s mission to establish NAELA as the premiere providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of the aging population and people with special needs.
Mr. Sutton is also an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Aside from practicing law, Mr. Sutton enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing tennis and traveling.