The elderly, their caretakers and family members often face complicated legal problems. The same issues often face disabled children and adults and their family members. Information about the legal system, public benefits programs, taxation and other issues can be difficult to locate. Available information may be presented in legal language, making it impossible for individuals to understand the explanations. Here we attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about elder law in a simple, straightforward manner.
What is the difference between a “living will” and a “health care power of attorney?” Which is more important? Learn more about how to direct the type of health care you will receive even if you become unable to give specific directions.
Bank Depositor Insurance
Do you know the amount and limits of your bank, savings and loan or credit union depositor insurance? If you think it is $100,000, you are almost right. Actually, it is a little better than that.
Some attorneys deal primarily with the legal problems facing older clients and the families who care for them. Is “Elder Law” a recognized legal specialty? How can you find a qualified elder law attorney?
Guardianship for Minors
One increasingly common legal problem facing seniors is the care of their grandchildren. What are the rules (in Arizona, at least) governing guardianship, custody and adoption of grandchildren or other children?
Long Term Care
What is the likelihood that you will spend time in a nursing home? Do you know how much long term nursing care will cost? What about alternatives to nursing home placement?
Long Term Care Insurance
This type of insurance contract is gaining in popularity as people become familiar with the cost of long term care. Are there pitfalls to watch for in buying long term care insurance? How much will such insurance cost, and does it make sense to buy a policy?
Medicaid, AHCCCS, and ALTCS
Arizona’s Medicaid program is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and its long-term care component the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS). Do you know how the Arizona system differs from other states’ Medicaid programs? Learn about the federal rules governing Medicaid and the specific variations applied in Arizona.
Is it critically important to avoid probate? What costs and taxes are associated with probate? Is the process the same in Arizona as in other states? What can you do to reduce the likelihood that your estate will need to be probated? There are innumerable myths and misunderstandings about probate, its cost and how to avoid it. We try to demystify the process.
Special Needs Trusts
When disabled individuals receive money from personal injury settlements or inheritances, they can lose their public benefits. Sometimes that is fine, but sometimes it is important to maintain access to health care, housing assistance or other government programs. How can you structure your estate so that your disabled child or grandchild can benefit without losing benefits? If an individual receives a personal injury settlement, is there any way to prevent the proceeds from immediately being consumed by paying for needed health care? Learn more about this emerging area of the law affecting disabled people and their concerned families.
Yes, we do charge fees for our services (we’ve tried to figure out a business model where we just make friends and do good deeds, but the bank insists we keep our mortgage current). How do we set our fees? How much will you pay for our services? Will there be an initial consultation fee? We try to answer your questions about fees and fee arrangements.