What is Elder Law?

Elder law covers a broad array of issues that affect the aging population.  Among them are: estate planning; Medicaid; guardianship; conservatorship; and various other issues relating to the older adult.  In essence, elder law encompasses almost every legal issue an elderly client may face.  An elder law attorney has, in addition to legal expertise, an understanding of the unique needs of seniors and the difficulties that often accompany the aging process.  Elder law attorney services extend to encompass advocacy, advisement, planning and education in a manner that adequately reflects the circumstances of their clients.

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An attorney experienced in elder law matters can assist clients in planning for the future. In guiding families through the complex issues of elder law – whether they be asset protection or dealing with long term care issues – the elder law attorney understands the challenges faced by their clients.  It is important to note, though, that most elder law attorneys do not practice in all areas of elder law.  One will want to hire an attorney that handles matters in the area of your concern and who understands the interrelated nature of the issues at hand.

Ron Landsman deals with a number of issues and can be particularly helpful to those who are having trouble navigating the qualification needs for Nursing Home care through Medicaid.  Careful planning is a necessity and can be very worthwhile, especially if taken care of well in advance.

What Else Do We Do?

Our firm is highly specialized in both Elder Law and Disability Law. This means that our accomplished attorneys can assist you in everything from Estate Planning to Medicaid eligibility to Special Needs Trusts. 

Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration

Probate is the legal process by which property that was owned by an individual at death is distributed to the beneficiaries named in the individual’s will or to those persons designated by law if there is no will.

Special Needs Trusts & Disability Planning

We can inform you of your estate planning options, including which special needs trust is best suited for your family. The goal is to assure that your disabled family member  retains or can become eligible for public benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medical Assistance. 

Guardianship & Conservatorship

We can represent you in a court petition for guardianship which may include temporary, limited, or full guardianship of the person and/or guardianship of the property.  We can also represent you as a participant in guardianship proceedings brought by someone else.

Medicaid

We handle all aspects of Medicaid long term care. We can assist you in planning for eligibility, arranging your assets to qualify at the earliest possible time, while setting aside as much as possible for yourself, spouse, or children or grandchildren.

Estate Planning

We can assist you with identifying your estate planning goals and the most effective way to accomplish them. We will analyze your financial and health care circumstances to develop a plan to meet your needs and wishes.