At the law office of Michael C. Rudolph, Esq., P.A., in Kinnelon, New Jersey, I help clients of all generations with their estate planning needs. My Elder Law clients include senior citizens and their families who need asset protection, Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications; families with adult children and grandchildren, who need advice on how to minimize estate and inheritance taxes and asset protection; families with young children who need to make plans for the financial protection of their children in case of an unforeseen disaster, as well as the proper designation of guardians for minor children; and individuals and couples who have no children but who, nevertheless have planning issues as well. I am equally comfortable handling the needs of civil union couples.I continue to represent individuals and small businesses in corporate and real estate transactions. Although I no longer accept new traditional divorce cases, I do represent clients in Medicaid divorces as one of the tools to assist couples who fact the potentially devastating financial consequences that can occur when one spouse enters a nursing home.I have been a lawyer for over 46 years and have handled just about every type of case imaginable. My diverse background has given me the experience necessary to represent my clients zealously and efficiently. Combined with the patience to get the job done for my clients, provide the personal attention clients expect and need. I take the time to understand the goals and concerns of my clients and develop customized solutions designed specifically to accommodate their needs. I respond promptly to all inquiries and typically return phone calls and emails within one business day. When a client calls needs representation in an area of law I do not handle, I usually can make a referral to someone who can help. As people enter their Golden Years, it is important for them to plan properly for a time when they may not be able to care for themselves and, eventually, when they die. It's not a subject people like to think about, but it is a fact of life that needs to be treated seriously. As a young Senior Citizen myself, I understand not only the laws affecting Seniors but the family issues as well.
Elder Law is all about being prepared: thinking and planning ahead, instead of waiting for a crisis to happen before taking action. In my firm, we customize plans for our clients to include wills, financial powers of attorney, medical directives and living wills. Where appropriate, we include trust provisions in wills or draft separate revocable or irrevocable living trusts. When a guardianship is necessary, we can handle the court proceedings necessary to achieve the desired result.
Elder Law planning is done with a view toward asset preservation and Medicaid qualification when the client needs publis assistance to finance long term care. The Medicaid laws are complicated and confusing, and the Medicaid application process can be intimidating and frustrating. We are experienced in processing those applications and can ease the transition when a family member is about to enter a nursing home.
In addition to the Kinnelon office, I maintain an office in Oakland at 195 Ramapo Valley Road (201-337-5808) where I see clients from Bergen County and parts of Passaic County by appointment. Both offices are handicap accessible.
For more information visit my website www.michaelrudolph.com.