The Jacksonville, Florida Elder lawyers and attorneys associated with the Cramer Law Center, P.L. are pleased to provide general information about the field of Elder Law.
Elder Law is an umbrella term covering various legal specialties that address the needs of the elderly, the disabled, and their families. Elder law at the Cramer Law Center concentrates on preparing plans designed to meet the lifetime needs of the aged, the disabled, their caregivers and their families. Once those lifetime needs are met, the elder lawyers associated with the Cramer Law Center also create estate plans for distribution of assets after death.
Topics under the umbrella of elder law include disability planning; Medicaid planning; planning for living arrangements, such as in long term care facilities and nursing homes; and planning involving government benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Veteran’s benefits. As an elder law attorney, we may use wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, advanced healthcare directives, living wills, special needs trusts and other tools for the asset protection of elderly clients. An elder law attorney also helps to protect clients against elder abuse.
LONG-TERM CARE PLANNING
Long-term care or custodial care is a living arrangement that may include care in an assisted living facility, nursing home, or at home care under some circumstances. Paying for such long-term care has become a major issue as more people live longer lives. Long-term care generally is paid for in one or a combination of three ways; 1) long term care insurance, 2) private funds, and 3) Medicaid. Medicaid is a federally funded healthcare program enacted to provide care for the indigent. One of the components of Medicaid benefits is the institutional care program (ICP) which pays for nursing home care for eligible persons. Long-term care planning at the Cramer Law Center is the process through which the elder law attorneys associated with the Cramer Law Center assist elderly clients to develop a plan that may permit them to preserve some assets for their own benefit or the benefit of family members and still legally qualify for Medicaid benefits to assist in the paying for long-term care.
The Jacksonville Elder Law attorneys associated with the Cramer Law Center, P.L. are available to provide legal counsel to you and your family concerning any of these elder law topics.