What to Discuss with Your Elder Law Lawyer During Your Meeting

There are plenty of great reasons to meet with an elder law attorney, whether you’re planning in advance, you’re going on behalf of a loved one, or you’re hoping to address a specific issue. Make sure you’re prepared for the appointment by drawing up a list of pressing questions. Take these key issues as examples.

Reviewing your decision-making options.

Because elders are more susceptible to conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s important to assign decision-making powers to someone you trust.

Ask your lawyer:

  • If I become unable to make my own decisions, who will make decisions on my behalf?
  • Who will manage my affairs, financial or otherwise?
  • Who will carry out my healthcare wishes and make medical decisions for me?

Planning for worst-case scenarios.

Elder law is an excellent tool to help you prepare for unexpected events, and to ensure you always have some degree of control over your future.

Ask your lawyer:

  • If I become incapacitated or unable to take care of myself, who will take care of me?
  • Where will I live in my elder years?
  • How will my assets be distributed after my death?

Assessing your financial resources.

You must also understand how your finances will help you achieve your objectives, and take a full inventory of your resources.

Ask your lawyer:

  • How much of my needs are covered by Medicare or Medicaid? Am I covered for long-term care?
  • What government benefits, like disability benefits or veteran benefits, can I use?
  • What types of documents, like wills or trusts, will I need?

When you need wise legal counsel in the realm of elder law, contact attorney Denise Stewart of Estate & Long Term Care Group. We will work hard to provide peace of mind for you and your family.

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Written by ELTC Law Group

ELTC Law Group

We have been in business since 2007, helping the elderly and their families with a wide range of different issues including estate planning, asset preservation, long-term care, and post-death issues.