Elder Law, Estate Planning
and Long-Term Care Planning
The Elder Care Law Firm, PLLC was established in 2001 to meet an increasing demand for quality legal services in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning and Long-Term Care Planning for families throughout North Carolina. When it comes to matters that affect your lifestyle, your comfort in retirement, your future, and the future of your family, you need an attorney with knowledge and experience in this area of the law. We help families, just like yours, plan wisely and make sound decisions. Our areas of concentration include:
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.
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.
Avoiding Probate is a worthwhile objective for many families. By being proactive now and making smart choices, you can ensure the probate court will not intervene in your family’s affairs once a loved one dies. Because probate can be very expensive and time consuming, let us help you determine if Probate Avoidance is right for you. We can evaluate your circumstances to help you make the right decisions.
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.
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.
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.”
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.