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When Should I Hire An Elder Law Attorney?

By April 7, 2023January 22nd, 2024No Comments
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As you get older, you’re starting to think about your future. How are you going to pay for your care? What are you going to do with your assets? How are you going to pass on your assets to your spouse or children? 


With the help of an elder law attorney, you can prepare for your future. Find out the circumstances in which you should reach out to an elder law attorney and how they can assist you with different processes. 

Entering a Nursing Home for Long-Term Care 

If you are entering a nursing home or assisted living and you need long-term care, then it’s time to get in touch with an elder law attorney. They can help you figure out how to pay for it. While Medicare will pay for certain medical expenses, it does not cover long-term care. You will need long-term care insurance or you’ll have to dip into your personal assets in order to pay for it. An elder law attorney can show you the best way to go about that.

Preserving and Transferring Assets for Your Spouse

You’re afraid that you won’t be able to look after your spouse, and you want to ensure that you can… no matter what. Even after you’re gone, you can take care of your spouse by working with an elder law attorney. You can preserve and transfer your assets to them. For example, you can do a transfer on the title of your vehicle or put your assets into a trust that your spouse can access. You can also make them a beneficiary on your retirement account and other accounts you have. There are many tax-advantageous ways to go about it – your attorney will let you know the ideal options.

Filing a Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or Disability Claim

If you are filing a claim with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or disability (for SSI or SSDI), then an elder law attorney can help you get the benefits you deserve. Filling out these applications can be time-consuming and confusing, and oftentimes, people get denied. Whether you are applying for the first time or appealing a denial, an attorney can assist you with navigating your claim.

Filing a Claim for Age Discrimination in Employment

Did you get laid off or fired from your job? Did you not get a promotion or raise you deserved? Do you think it had something to do with your age? An elder law attorney is here for you. They can help you file a claim for age discrimination against your employer if the evidence is there. 


Claiming You Were Abused

Did you suffer from abuse at the hands of a family member or supposed caretaker? An elder law attorney can assist you with taking legal action against them. 


Whatever your situation is, you should contact an elder law attorney. They can help you navigate difficult familial circumstances and ensure that you’re doing what’s right for you and your loved ones. They can get everything in order so that you don’t have to worry. Then, you’ll have peace of mind that things are going as planned and you’re going to be protected. 

Get In Touch With an Estate Planning Attorney

For help with elder law issues in Washington, you should reach out to the estate planning attorneys at Legacy Law Group in Eastern Washington, Spokane Valley, and Spokane itself. Contact us at (509) 315-8087 today to get started.


Excerpt: You should hire an elder law attorney if you’re entering a nursing home for long-term care, preserving/transfer assets, etc. 

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