What is Elder Law?
Elder Law is for more than the elderly. An Elder Law attorney’s job is to increase the quality of life of their clients, not just figure out who-gets-what after they pass away. Experienced attorneys typically specialize in various matters and resources, such as:
- Public Benefits (Medicaid)
- Veterans’ Benefits – Attorney Parker L. Clifton is Certified to File Claims with the Veterans’ Administration and serve as counsel to clients in the VA Court of Appeals
- Special Needs Planning
- Retirement Planning
- Asset Protection Planning
Attorney Parker L. Clifton knows the state, federal and local rules governing these agencies and can help explain what options are available to you. He knows the appropriate steps to take to secure benefits, how they work in conjunction with each other, and the impact benefits can have on personal finances. It is his goal to make sure his clients and their loved ones are able to receive the care they need and maintain the quality of life they deserve.
Elder Law Emergency Assistance
In addition to helping clients plan ahead, an Elder Law attorney can also help those in emergency situations. If a loved one suffers from an unexpected illness or injury, it may be necessary to make quick changes to determine how to pay for care. Long Term Care Insurance, Veterans Pension Benefits, Medicaid and private dollar payment are just a few options. An experienced Elder Law attorney can work with you to ensure your loved one receives the best advice relating to quality care and how to pay for that care.
The Difference Between Estate Planning and Elder Law
When trying to find an Elder Law attorney, it is important to understand how Elder Law differs from traditional estate planning. A traditional estate plan is typically designed to do three things:
- Minimize estate taxes
- Avoid probate court
- Distribute assets from the deceased person to his or her heirs.
Elder Law is the area of law that helps people while they are living. While the name suggests the area of law is best suited for people in their later years in life, the services are oftentimes necessary for people in various situations.
When to Hire an Elder Law Attorney
It is best to seek an Elder Law attorney’s services before illness or incapacity becomes an issue. They can help draft legal documents detailing exactly how certain situations should be handled if you are not able to make decisions for yourself. That means you’ll be in control of the care and treatment you receive, regardless of your ability to assert what you want at a later point.