Taunton Elder Law Attorney
Growing older can bring on many challenges for an elderly person and his or her loved ones. While addressing these issues is never easy, a lawyer can be instrumental in developing effective strategies in regard to Medicaid planning, guardianships or conservatorships and other elder law issues. At The Law Office of Jill Lagace, our Taunton-area elder law attorney works with people across Southeastern Massachusetts.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
If your mother or father is facing dementia or a serious disability, establishing a legal guardianship or conservatorship can be an important step. Depending on the situation, a guardian or conservator may make decisions regarding an individual’s health, living arrangements, finances and other important areas. In Massachusetts, establishing a guardianship or conservatorship is done through the courts. Our law firm can prepare your Petition for Guardianship or Petition for conservatorship, showing the court why your loved one needs a guardian or conservator, and why you would be an effective guardian or conservator. We understand the sensitive family dynamics that are often involved in these situations and will handle your guardianship or conservatorship matter with the utmost level of care.
Increasing numbers of Americans are spending their final years in nursing homes. The cost of nursing home care is extremely expensive. For families that are concerned about nursing care costs consuming all of their parent’s assets, Medicaid planning may be a possibility. There are a number of potential strategies for effective Medicaid planning.
For instance, placing assets in an irrevocable trust may be appropriate. The important thing to understand with Medicaid planning is that the government will look back at the last five years of transactions. Therefore, an individual cannot simply give all of his or her assets away and hope to qualify for Medicaid. For these and other reasons, the sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the more options you will have.