“Elder law” is a huge practice area that encompasses a variety of critical issues, like comprehensive estate plans, financial management, short-term and long-term healthcare options, adult guardianship, and conservatorship. The attorneys at KLG Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys believe that while elder law issues can certainly seem intimidating, they should be addressed sooner rather than later. Too often, critical decisions “sneak up” on family members. In a state of crisis and panic, the family is left frantically searching for answers and assistance and either come up empty-handed or grasp at the wrong straws.
We believe there’s a better way. There’s a way in which aging family members can rest assured that their golden years will be as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Their assets will be protected. Preserving their life’s work won’t be left to chance. There’s a way that younger generations can ensure they’ve taken all the necessary steps to support their elderly family members and alleviate stress and chaos. That’s why, when it comes to elder law, we think it’s imperative to think a few steps ahead.
We have seen families in crisis forced into applying for benefits that were simply not right for them. Nursing homes are often in the position of offering well-intentioned advice and may encourage families or patients to apply for MassHealth (Medicaid). While there are many benefits to this program for qualifying individuals, it’s not the right decision for everyone. In some cases, we’ve even seen individuals be denied because they didn’t understand all the steps they needed to take before applying to ensure their eligibility. This is one critical area where rushing to a decision without the advice and guidance of experts can have long-lasting, detrimental effects.
We know it’s impossible to plan for everything. Life throws curveballs. Many illnesses may have sudden onsets, affect mental and physical well-being, and leave patients reeling with long-term, devastating effects. We understand and appreciate that you can’t see every fork in the road or surprise that may be coming. However, with comprehensive planning, expert consultation, and forethought, you will be well-positioned for everything you and your loved ones do encounter in life. The KLG Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys team is here to help. We can walk you and your family through all of the “what ifs” we’ve seen clients encounter over the last 40 years. We can help you plan out and prepare for whatever comes next in life. Even when elder care seems intimidating, you’ve got a trusted advisor at your side.