Addressing the Legal Issues of Elders and Their Family Members
Some of life's most disruptive changes happen in the elder years, when people are often least able to cope with them on their own. At Ankeles, Vontzalides, Ambeliotis & Delaney, LLP, our Peabody elder law attorneys address important issues that can affect the elder person and his or her spouse and children.
It is always best to deal with elder law issues proactively. Sometimes that is just not possible. Our law firm can respond to the crisis situations our clients sometimes face.
We help clients with a variety of elder law and estate planning issues, including:
- Medicaid planning (Mass Health)
- Medicaid applications
- Long-term care expenses
- Powers of attorney
- Referrals to appropriate public and private programs
Finding the Answers and Solutions You Need
Elder law brings up sensitive, personal and financial issues, many of which require immediate attention. For example, a married couple's relationship can change dramatically if one spouse becomes seriously ill and needs nursing home care.
- Is remaining at home an option?
- How will the other spouse survive financially if all of the assets end up paying for nursing home care?
- Who will make decisions about important financial and end-of-life care issues?
- Can assets be preserved for the children and grandchildren?
The answers to these questions are different for each client. We will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs and develop a plan to help you meet your goals. It is always best to deal with elder law issues proactively. Sometimes that is just not possible. Our law firm can respond to the crisis situations our clients sometimes face.
Estate planning is more than just making a will. It can involve:
- Thinking about your own end-of-life care and long-term care expenses
- Remembering people and institutions that have been important to you
- Deciding who will raise your children if you and your spouse are not there to do so
- Minimizing taxes and protecting your assets for future generations
- Providing for loved ones who may have special needs
At Ankeles, Vontzalides, Ambeliotis & Delaney, LLP, our Peabody estate planning attorney will tailor an estate plan to meet your specific concerns and needs. We provide comprehensive legal services in estate planning, Medicaid planning and estate settlement, including the creation of various estate planning entities, such as:
- Trusts, revocable and irrevocable
- Supplemental needs insurance and nominee trusts
- Powers of attorney
- Health care proxies (living wills)
The laws that affect your estate are constantly changing. Our estate planning lawyers keep up to date on the latest changes to the law so that we can suggest solutions that make sense for your particular situation. Whether your estate is large or modest, it makes sense to take steps now to protect the assets you have worked so hard to accumulate.
Revising Estate Plans to Reflect Your Current Circumstances
Creating an estate plan can help you address the issues you are concerned about today. But circumstances can change. After a divorce, the death of a spouse, the birth or adoption of a child, or after significant changes to your assets, it is important to revise your estate plan to reflect your current circumstances. We encourage clients to review their estate plans annually and contact us if they have any questions. In addition to establishing and revising estate plans, our lawyers represent clients in will contests and other forms of estate litigation.
To arrange an initial consultation about your estate planning concerns, please contact Ankeles, Vontzalides, Ambeliotis & Delaney, LLP, by e-mail or call 978-531-7000.