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6 Reasons to Call an Elder Law Attorney

POSTED ON: January 21, 2019

Elder law attorneys specialize in helping seniors with a variety of legal issues. Elder law became a specialty in the 1980s when seniors were facing complicated legal issues like qualifying for Medicaid (currently known as MassHealth in Massachusetts).

Hiring an elder law attorney, also known as an elder care attorney, is a key step to protect your hard-earned assets and get any benefits you or your loved ones may be entitled to. As an experienced elder law attorney, here are six great reasons to contact us:

It’s time to do your estate planning
Proper estate planning is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your assets. Estate planning includes documents to manage the distribution of your assets, like a will and/or trust; documents to outline your choices for medical care and end-of-life services like a living will and health care proxy; and a power of attorney to manage financial and legal issues.

You need help with estate/trust administration
After a person dies, we provide comprehensive estate administration and fiduciary services to trustees and executors to help gather assets, ensure that all necessary income and estate taxes are filed, and provide comprehensive accounting to estate and trust beneficiaries.

You realize you should plan ahead for MassHealth/Medicaid
MassHealth is a joint federal/state program that supports the cost of nursing home care for people who qualify by meeting strict income and asset limits. We’ll review your estate and healthcare needs, and help arrange your assets to protect them from nursing home costs and qualify you for MassHealth assistance.

It’s time to apply for MassHealth/Medicaid
We’ll help you through the burdensome and often confusing application process to get MassHealth benefits. The application process itself can take up to six months; properly completing this time-sensitive application is a crucial step.

You need assistance with long-term care planning, including home options
We’ll discuss your needs and review the options that would work best for you.

You’re interested in creating a personal care contract
This agreement is a contract typically between a family member who agrees to provide caregiver services for a disabled or aging relative and the person receiving care. It clarifies what tasks are expected in return for a stated compensation, making sure these earned funds aren’t considered disqualifying gifts in regard to MassHealth.

With the support of an experienced elder care attorney, you can get the legal support you need. We have extensive experience in this area and would be happy to meet with you for a free, initial consultation. Call us today at 617.299.6976 or send an email to mkarr@maheritagelawcenter.com to schedule an appointment.