When most people hear the phrase elder law, they are not exactly sure what it means. Well, the short answer is that elder law is an area of the law that focuses on helping the elderly and their loved ones deal with difficult late-in-life legal matters. However, some areas of elder law, such as estate planning, can also pertain to people of any age.
At The Hughes Law Firm, our lawyers can help you deal with even the most complex elder law issues, from drafting wills and trusts to applying for Medicaid, and everything in between. We have been helping Colorado families since 1974, so we have the experience to assist you with any elder law matter, including:
- Estate planning: Whether you need help with wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives or any other estate planning tools, we can assist you.
- Long-term care planning: Given how expensive long-term nursing home care can be, many elderly residents are forced to completely deplete their personal and family assets before Medicaid will pick up the tab. However, with careful and early planning, we can help you protect most of your assets and get the care and benefits you need.
- Medicaid planning: While Medicaid can pay for nursing home care, there are several rules and regulations that govern eligibility, including income limitations and penalties for gifting. However, we can help you navigate these complicated laws so you can preserve assets and get the care you deserve.
- Life Care Planning: Do you need help finding, obtaining or paying for long-term care? Let our attorneys help you develop a Life Care Plan that addresses these questions and meets your specific needs.
- Conservatorships/guardianships: If your loved one is incapacitated and unable to manage his or her daily affairs, you may need to ask the court to grant you guardianship over his or her personal decisions, including decisions related to health care. Similarly, you can seek conservatorship if he or she is unable to make financial decisions. We can help here too.
- Estate settlement and probate: Dealing with a loved one's death is even more difficult if you are responsible for settling the estate. Fortunately, we can help ease your burden. We've settled thousands of estates since 1974.
- Veterans' benefits: Veterans and their spouses may be eligible for Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA). We can help guide you through the filing process.