Elder Law & Special Needs
What is Elder Law and When Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?
The term “elder law” describes an array of legal services that addresses specific needs of the elderly and disabled. As an advocate and legal advisor, a TuckerAllen elder law attorney can help you safeguard the finances and well-being of an elderly or disabled individual through long-term care planning, asset protection, special needs planning, Medicaid, and VA benefits eligibility strategies.
Un-Complicating the Complicated
Legal issues surrounding seniors have grown more complex. Our experienced elder law attorneys keep current on the ever-changing laws and regulations surrounding Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, asset protection, long-term care, VA benefits, and more.
When it comes to long-term care, it’s encouraging to note that most seniors are eligible for some sort of government benefits. But it’s hard to know which ones or how to qualify/apply for them. A TuckerAllen elder law attorney can help you assess the many options (including some you may not be aware of), determine eligibility, and help you apply for these benefits.
Untangling Medicaid Planning
Medicaid is a government-funded safety net that helps individuals who cannot afford all of their long-term care expenses. Nearly half of all nursing home residents rely on Medicaid benefits. But qualifying for Medicaid is complicated, and the rules vary state by state and are different for individuals and married couples.
A TuckerAllen elder law attorney will help you work within applicable laws to ensure you qualify for Medicaid as early as possible while safeguarding eligible assets for your loved ones. We can also work on your behalf throughout the lengthy and complicated application process, taking much of the burden off your shoulders. Learn more about our Medicaid planning services.
Demystifying VA Benefits Planning
Veterans are entitled to important government benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you or your spouse requires long-term care, you may be entitled to monthly benefits. Sadly, those who need these benefits most are often never made aware of their existence. But an experienced TuckerAllen Elder Law attorney can help you explore your eligibility for all forms of VA benefits and show you strategies that could enable you to qualify. Learn more about these valuable benefits and how we can help you navigate the qualification/application process.
Providing for the Future for Someone with Special Needs
Providing for an individual with special needs is not as simple as including them in your will or trust. A direct distribution of funds from your estate could inadvertently disqualify your loved one from government benefits.
A TuckerAllen attorney can help you create a special needs estate plan that lets you avoid common mistakes. We’ll also explain the special requirements that must be met for special needs estate plans and offer guidance in naming contingent beneficiaries. We can also help you set up a third-party supplemental trust for a loved one with special needs. Learn more about our special needs planning services.
Explore Your Options During Your Initial Consultation
It’s heartening to see that there are many possibilities when it comes to planning care for a loved one with a disability. But having so many choices can also add to the confusion. During your initial consultation, we’ll recommend the services that would be most beneficial to your loved one and clearly state the fees for each of these services. There’s no preparation necessary and no paperwork to bring. We’ll simply get to know you, listen to your needs, discuss your wishes, and answer any questions. (Since each elder law situation is unique and a range of strategies must be considered, there is an initial consultation fee of $500, which will be applied to any future services.) View our full pricing list here.
Meet our team of elder law attorneys, led by Christine A. Alsop.
Michelle W. from St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO