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Orland Park Elder Law Attorneys

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Lawyers Assisting With Medicaid Planning and End of Life Care in Tinley Park

Seniors who are in the twilight years of their lives are often concerned with making sure that their wishes will be carried out correctly following their death. However, while creating a last will and testament can ensure that a person's assets are correctly transferred to their heirs, it is also important to make sure that elderly people will have the financial resources they need as they reach an advanced age.

The skilled attorneys of Anderson and Associates, P.C. have over 30 years of experience helping families create effective estate plans, and we understand the legal and financial issues that seniors may need to address as they plan for the care they will need at the end of their lives.

Common Elder Law Concerns

The medical care a person needs increases as they reach an advanced age. The costs of living in a long-term care facility such as a retirement home or nursing home can be substantial, and seniors should be sure to understand how to make use of the financial and legal resources available to them. These include:

  • Living trusts - Trusts can be used to protect assets and transfer them to one's beneficiaries, but revocable or irrevocable living trusts can also specify that certain assets can be used to pay the costs of one's own long-term care while they are still alive.
  • Medicaid and Social Security - Needs-based public benefits are available to seniors, but certain requirements must be met to qualify for this type of assistance. In some cases, an OBRA special needs trust or a Medicaid payback trust may be used to protect one's assets without negatively affecting eligibility for Medicaid.
  • Benefits for veterans - Seniors who receive a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs may also qualify for Aid & Attendance or Housebound benefits that will assist in paying the costs of medical care, nursing home residence, or other types of assistance.
  • Power of attorney - Elderly people should make plans for how decisions will be made for them if they become unable to care for themselves. A durable power of attorney for healthcare can be used to name an agent who will have the authority to make decisions about a person's medical care, including end-of-life care and life-saving treatments.

Contact a Cook County Elder Law Attorney

If you want to make sure you have addressed your financial and legal needs as you near the end of your life, the attorneys of Anderson and Associates, P.C. can provide you with legal assistance and ensure that your rights are protected. We will work with you to help you meet your eligibility requirements for Medicaid, Social Security, or veteran's benefits, and we help you understand your best options for protecting your assets and financial resources while helping you settle any issues related to how you wish to pass these assets on to your heirs.

Contact us today at 708-226-9904 to schedule a free consultation with one of our estate planning lawyers. From our offices in Orland Park, we provide legal help to clients throughout Cook County and Will County, including Tinley Park, Mokena, Homer Glen, Palos Heights, and Oak Forest.

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