Elder Law

The firm’s other areas of practice in the field of Elder And Disability Law are:
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Medicaid and Government Benefit Planning
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Directives and Health Care Proxies
  • Trusts
  • Mental Health Law
  • Inheritance and Estate Taxes
  • Health Care Decision Making
  • Mediation Services

Elder law is a specialized field of practice that focuses on the needs of the elderly, disabled, and their families. Using a holistic approach, the attorneys of the Elder and Disability Law Practice Group address a wide range of issues that focus on the needs of the growing aging population.

We appreciate the complex financial and social decisions clients face in navigating the maze of government benefit programs, long-term care options, and assisting loved ones with diminished capacity.  The attorneys of our Elder and Disability Law Practice Group are also resources for, and provide counsel to, accountants, insurance agents, attorneys, social workers, hospitals, assisted living, adult day care, and nursing home facilities. Our services encompass many areas including:

Government Benefit and Estate Planning

The attorneys of the Elder and Disability Law Practice Group provide guidance in understanding the intricacies of qualifying for government benefits, such as Medicaid. We take pride in the personal and professional manner in which we counsel individuals and families regarding delicate and emotional issues, and in crafting comprehensive and effective estate and asset preservation plans.

Litigation – Probate, Guardianship, Estate Administration

The Elder and Disability Law Practice Group specializes in simple and complex litigation involving probate matters, guardianships, trust accountings, and estate administration.

Special Needs Trusts

Our attorneys educate and assist families and other attorneys regarding the preparation and establishment of Special Needs Trusts for disabled individuals.

Our goal is to assist in providing for and protecting the assets of your special needs loved one or beneficiary. These assets may be from the result of a litigation reward, and this trust helps our clients prepare for the beneficiary’s needs for the duration of their lifetime – in order to best enhance their quality of life.

We also specialize in the establishment of Supplemental Benefits Trusts, designed to protect the inherited assets of physically or mentally disabled persons.

Fiduciary Services

In many instances, clients do not have individuals they feel are qualified or capable of serving as executor, trustee or guardian. Our firm provides fiduciary services to ensure that the wishes and intentions expressed by clients are fulfilled in a professional and compassionate manner.

Other Practice Areas

The legal needs of the elderly, disabled, and their families are many and diverse. Seldom do these issues occur in isolation. As a result, it is necessary for elder law attorneys to handle a broad range of matters that are tailored and coordinated to meet the specific goals and needs of the client.

As an added benefit to better serve our clients, the chair of our department, Richard I. Miller, is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, an accredited organization of the American Bar Association.