If you or a family member is getting older, an elder law attorney may help prevent legal, financial and government benefits problems from happening or help address them if they’ve occurred. Elder law covers a number of different legal areas that impact older individuals and couples. If you live in the Kentuckiana area and it’s time to discuss issues facing you or your family members, McNeely Stephenson is he ready to help, just as we’ve helped many others in the past.
Our attorneys who work in elder law bring more than their knowledge and experience with the law. We understand the wants and needs of seniors and their families. We understand the physical and mental difficulties that can challenge our clients and how that impacts their financial and legal needs.
Why You Might Need the Help of Our Indiana Elder Law Attorneys
It’s much easier and less expensive to take actions to prevent foreseeable problems than waiting for that problem to arise, because it may quickly bloom into a crisis. There are many situations where an elder law attorney can help you or your family.
- A loved one is diagnosed with dementia but is still mentally competent. Who will care for the person, and how will that care be provided? Who will be responsible for the person’s finances or healthcare decisions when he or she becomes incapacitated?
- A couple has worked hard over the decades, saved and invested their money. After they pass, who should get these assets? If a child has turned his or her back to their parents, must that person get an inheritance? Would establishing a trust for a grandchild or charity make more sense than distributing assets through a will?
- An older parent is in good health but lacks private long-term-care insurance. Is there a way to structure the parent’s assets so he or she would qualify for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care without losing the benefit of these assets? Might VA benefits help with healthcare or nursing home care?
- A parent has suffered a major stroke and been left physically and mentally incapacitated. His home, all of his bank and financial accounts are in his name only. Who makes health care decisions for him? Who pays his bills, and where does the money come from?
Legal Areas Our Indiana Elder Law attorneys Cover
Elder law covers all aspects of healthcare, estate and gift planning, educating clients about applicable laws, applying for government benefits and advocating for clients. This includes:
- Preserving assets, so that you and your loved ones don’t go broke in a nursing home
- Medicaid filing for nursing home care
- Pre-planning for long term care issues
- Health and personal care planning, which covers healthcare powers of attorney and living wills
- Financial issues, including financial planning, housing opportunities and financing; income, estate, and gift tax matters
- Planning for one spouse if the other requires long-term care, including asset protection, public benefits (such as Medicaid) and Veterans’ benefits
- Issues that arise when a person’s mental capacity is in decline, powers of attorney, guardianship and guardianship avoidance
- The legal rights of residents living in long-term care facilities, including claims against nursing homes due to negligence and injuries
- Family law, such as grandparents’ rights to spend time with grandchildren
- Will and trust planning, financial and legal planning for adult children with special-needs children, and probate
Get Help From an Indiana Elder Law Attorney
Whether you just have questions, want to plan ahead for your future, or an elderly parent is facing a serious legal issue, you can trust us for information, advice and action to address your needs and those of an elderly loved one. You only have so much time, energy and resources, especially if a loved one is facing a health crisis. We can take care of the legal issues so you can take care of yourself and your loved one.
Many Indiana families depend on McNeely Stephenson to answer their elder law questions, plan for the future and help them through difficult times. We represent and counsel families and their loved ones with the legal and financial issues that come with aging, disability and serious illness.
Whether you’re planning for your own future or for the future of a loved one, please consider allowing us to help you. Contact us today to start finding solutions: complete our online form, or call us at (812) 725-8224.