Elder Law & Veteran’s Benefits
A growing part of the firm's practice is the area of elder law, as an increasingly large part of the American population reaches retirement age. While there is no precise definition, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys states:
Rather than being defined by technical and legal distinctions, Elder Law and Special Needs Law is defined by the clients to be served. In other words, the attorney who practices Elder Law or Special Needs Law works primarily with people as they age and people with disabilities.
Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorneys use a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of their clients. Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys typically work with other professionals in various fields to provide their clients quality service and ensure their needs are met.
Using this holistic approach, for example, an Elder Law attorney will address general estate planning issues and will counsel clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents. This attorney will also assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.
Many people have worked hard to save a modest estate for their children, only to face the prospect of losing it all when faced with nursing home level care. Unfortunately, long-term care insurance has become very expensive, which only leaves the option of virtually depleting a person’s entire life savings before becoming Medicaid eligible.
However, with proper advance planning, our firm can assist a family with potential future Medicaid eligibility, notwithstanding the complex Medicaid rules. To that end, our firm handles all aspects of elder law, from Medicaid eligibility planning to special needs trusts to guardianship to various other issues of concern to seniors and their families.
Veteran’s Benefits Practice
Our firm also assists clients with obtaining benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, including disability, aid and attendance, benefits for surviving spouses, and more.
The following attorneys practice in the area of elder law and veteran’s benefits:
Charles N. Griffin, III
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