Elder Law

Understanding the details of long-term care planning and asset protection can be an emotional, and often confusing, process.

Having knowledgeable counsel on your side can help you and your loved ones navigate the legalities of this natural life progression.

Elder law is a relatively new practice area in the legal profession. The rapid increase in size of the elderly population created a need for assistance in a wide variety of legal practice areas. Attorneys who focus their practice on assisting the elderly or disabled persons, on protecting the individual, their families, and preserving their property/affairs are often referred to as Elder Law attorneys.

Among other areas of representation, Elder Law can include estate planning, health care planning, planning for incapacity or mental incompetence, preparing applications for or the management of the receipt of benefits, guardianship, and asset preservation.

Concept photo of Elder Law - Planning for health care, incapacity or mental incompetence, receipt of benefits and more.

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  • Using Immediate Annuities to “Spend Down” for Medicaid Using Immediate Annuities to "Spend Down" for MedicaidTo qualify for Medicaid, a Federal program wherein the government pays a portion if not all of an elderly patient’s long-term care costs, an applicant cannot own more than $2,500 in countable assets.
  • Hospice Care—Choosing Wisely Hospice Care—Choosing WiselyAmong its many attributes, Baltimore is one of the nation’s leaders in medicine. This reputation for high-quality health care extends to Baltimore’s hospice care providers as well. However, as detailed by a recent series of Washington Post articles, that experience is not universal.
  • The Highs and Lows of the Home Health Care Sector The Highs and Lows of the Home Health Care SectorAs baby boomers approach and live past retirement age it is no surprise that significant demands will be placed on every industry associated with caring for the elderly.
  • More Americans are aging in place. Can towns and cities adapt? More Americans are aging in place. Can towns and cities adapt?The age of the older American homeowner is upon us. The question is: Will communities be ready for the challenges that come with that?
  • Nursing Home Admission Agreements Nursing Home Admission AgreementsNursing homes require a written “Admissions Agreement.” This is a complex and binding contract typically signed before admission occurs.
  • Recognizing Elder Abuse: Real Threats to Seniors Recognizing Elder Abuse: Real Threats to SeniorsElder abuse is defined as “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver to an elder person that causes personal, financial, or physical harm or serious risk of harm.”
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