There are 10,000 people in the United States that are turning 65 years old every day now. Naturally, this increase in seniors creates a growing interest in both estate planning and elder law. At Knappmann Law, we created a full service Estate Planning & Elder Law Division that has been most rewarding to both our legal staff and our clients (perhaps this is why we have such a broad referral base from current and past clients).
Elder law is not just about abuse, discrimination and neglect of elderly persons. It is actually for people of all ages to take advantage, including United States Veterans and people that are disabled/handicapped. It is one of the largest areas of the law which frequently interfaces with estate planning. See the following:
LONG TERM CARE
POWERS OF ATTORNEY
POWERS OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE
CONSERVATORSHIP / GUARDIANSHIP
MEDICAID PLANNING (& QUALIFYING FOR MEDICAID)
AID & ATTENDANCE
SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING
VA (VETERAN) BENEFITS
LIFE INSURANCE ISSUES
NURSING HOME PLANNING
Elder law is a practice within itself. We sought out the most valuable experienced legal staff with this vast expertise in this legal area. Our Estate Planning & Elder Law Division leadership from John Knappmann is truly a beacon of guidance. John works in tandem with his elder law team to give his clients all viable options to accomplish their goals. Our legal team has proven expertise, facilitation, and preparation and best of all results for our clients.
We help prepare our elder law clients (including veterans) apply for everything from benefits, including everything from planning ongoing health care, long term health care, crisis planning, protecting valuable assets, in conjunction with estate planning, streamlining probate or simply avoiding probate completely.
Health care is a big part of elder law and it is overwhelming to many people so they procrastinate moving forward to help themselves.
Remember the more information you have the easier it is to make a decision...
Many seniors (and people of any age and veterans) that like to be prepared and protect their assets due to a possible unforeseen crisis. It is worrisome that the costs of a debilitating illness or a health crisis will be more than they can afford. The ongoing cost increases in all areas of health care does give anyone a good reason to be worried if you are not prepared. A few popular inquiries form clients are the following:
Instead of tackling these complicated questions, most people will put it off as long as possible because they do not know where to even start. Just start with of simple free phone call.
Please note that attorneys can practice some aspects of estate planning and elder law without these special credentials mentioned in the checklist. Or they can "farm out" (or contract out) the work to another attorney. At Knappmann Law we never "farm out" any of our work! This also includes litigation, probate court or any other court that is involved in all of our specialties. We are always there, not another attorney or an outside law firm ever finishes our legal work.
1) Can they work within your goal timelines?
2) Do they have an active membership of the Michigan State Bar within the Probate & Estate Planning Section? (The purpose of this Section is to enhance and improve the practice and administration of law for the members of this section pertaining to probate; trust and estate planning, and administration; guardianships and conservatorships (including planning alternatives); and tax planning.
3) Do they have an active membership of the Michigan State Bar within the Elder Law & Disability Rights Section? (The Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern to their members of this section.)
4) Are they a Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)?
5) Are they a Charter Member of the Elder Counsel?
6) Do they have access to specialized elder law software that streamline processes and maximized capabilities of elder law planning and updates?
***At the Law offices of John Knappmann, we have this checklist!
There are 10,000 people in the United States that are turning 65 years old every day. Naturally, this increase in seniors creates a growing interest in both estate planning and elder law.
We welcome you at the Estate Planning & Elder Law Division at Knappmann Law. We look forward to giving you a free consultation.
There are important factors to consider when searching for an elder law attorney to find the very best. Here is our checklist...