Senior citizens have a unique set of legal needs. We work with our senior clients to meet these needs in a variety of ways. We assist with long-term care needs, including finding the type of care that is right for you or your loved one and coordinating resources such as VA benefits and Medicaid to help cover the growing costs of care.
I am an active member in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), which is an organization for attorneys who specialize in rendering legal services for the benefit of elderly people and who understand the aging process and the needs of the elderly. The Law Office of Jack W. Bolling takes a specialized approach when helping our senior clients to help secure their future.
As a practice specialty, Elder Law is characterized less by what it is than by who it serves. The practice of Elder Law is a general one which is dedicated to the unique and often complex planning concerns of disabled individuals, the senior population, and their adult children.
These concerns typically involve one or more of the following legal areas:
-Estate and Tax Planning, Wills and Probate
-Special Needs Trusts, Revocable or Irrevocable Trusts
-Durable Financial Powers of Attorney/Guardianship of Property
-Durable Medical Powers of Attorney – Patient Advocates/Guardianship of Person
-Living Wills – End of Life Wishes
-Health Law/Independent Living Options
-Medicaid, Medicare, and SSI
-Nursing Home Issues
-Financing Long-Term Health Care
WHO IS THE ELDER LAW CLIENT?
The typical Elder Law client is either the disabled or senior individual who is planning for his own current or future circumstances, or the person assisting in that endeavor on behalf of a close family member or friend.
WHY CONSULT AN ELDER LAW ATTORNEY?
In the absence of informed counsel, it is not uncommon for planning efforts taken on behalf of older or disabled persons - even with seemingly "simple" affairs - to have unintended significant legal side effects. An experienced Elder Law Attorney can competently guide you toward meeting your objectives while avoiding the unforeseen pitfalls which oftentimes plague the unwary.
Matters routinely addressed by an Elder Law Attorney include assisting individuals with the following: Assessing the client's circumstances considering federal tax, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and SSI laws, and state property laws and recommending the best course of action in accordance with these laws; drafting trusts, wills, and other documents to ensure that the senior or disabled individual's wishes are carried out even if he or she is not able to provide personal direction at some future time; determining the best method of paying for long-term health care, and taking the steps necessary to implement that plan; arriving at difficult decisions regarding matters such as end-of-life issues, the continued independence of the senior or disabled individual, and financial matters; and lastly, establishing a means for keeping financial and medical decision making within the family thereby avoiding the need for guardianship.