Elder Law

Elder law entails many important issues such as:

  • Disability Planning - People with disabilities should have access to the same social, cultural and recreational activities enjoyed by all to the extent possible. There are many agencies and organizations that provide resources to promote as much independence and choice as possible under the circumstances. Having a springing power of attorney, nomination of Guardianship and Conservatorship, Advanced Health Care Directive, and will can help protect you and your loved ones in the event of a disability.

  • Estate Planning - including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, nominations of conservatorship, etc. Planning ahead can help ensure that the people you love receive what you want, when you want in the way you want them to. It also helps avoid taxes, court costs and attorney's fees.

  • Grandchildren & grandparent rights - can be given legal teeth through powers of attorney, guardianship, conservatorship and even in a couples divorce documents.

  • Health Care Decisions - Advanced Health Care Directives and Do Not Resuscitate "DNR" orders can specify exactly what you want regarding your health care needs and desires.

  • Long term care - includes a variety of services and supports to meet health or personal care needs over an extended period of time.

  • Medicare - Medicare is our country's health insurance program for people age 65 or older and certain people younger than 65 in special situations. In less than 10 minutes you can apply on-line, even before you retire. http://www.ssa.gov/medicareonly/

  • Medicaid - the Utah Medicaid program pays medical bills for people and because a person must qualify each month, planning is essential.

  • Probate generally is the process by which a deceased person's property, or estate, is passed to his or her heirs and legatees (people named in the will).

  • Nursing Home Issues - Long term care facilities and Assisted living facilities may be a reality for the growing population of individuals no longer able to remain in private homes.

  • Retirement Planning & Living - Retirement is the beginning of a new life, the start of a second adulthood and planning for it financially as well as health and living arrangements can make this time much more comfortable.

  • Elder Abuse - Abuse, neglect & exploitation of the elderly, unfortunately is on the rise. Every day, 1000 people turn 85. In 2009, 52 million people were over the age of 60 and this number is growing each year.

  • Social Security - Social Security Income upon retirement and Social Security Disability Income as well as ensuring proper allocation and treatment under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDROs are some important issues needing proper planning and treatment.

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