The term “Elder Law” refers to the client an attorney serves, rather than the type of work performed. The legal issues facing the elderly are often complex, so it is important that the attorney handling their case is familiar with the many laws and regulations affecting seniors. Senior citizens quite often face legal issues in any of the following areas: Medicaid, Medicare, Real Estate, Social Security, Disabilities, Nursing Homes, Probate, Insurance, Health Care, Housing, Elder Abuse, Personal Injury, Banking and Investments, Mental Health, Trusts, Wills, Pensions, Asset Preservation, and Taxes. An Elder Law Attorney has a working knowledge of all of these areas of law, and is aware of the real life problems, health and otherwise, that people experience as they age. Attorneys who work with the elderly bring more to their practice than an expertise in the law. They recognize and empathize with the true physical and mental difficulties that often accompany the aging process. We at Stewart and Bruss, P.C. pride ourselves on providing our clients a full range of legal services that encompass all of the issues that a senior citizen may find themselves facing.
The caring attorneys of Stewart and Bruss, P.C. understand the complexities that go along with obtaining the best long-term care possible for your family and loved ones. There are important decisions to be made and financial issues to be resolved. Our team of professionals provides the education and legal help you need to guide you through your options for financing long-term healthcare. Our team is dedicated to providing caring support and legal counsel to assist you in obtaining the maximum benefits available for the care of your loved ones. Our Elder Law team will review your financial and medical situation and advise you on what can be done to protect your income and assets while qualifying for public benefits.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
If your loved ones are not able to make their own decisions with respect to healthcare, lifestyle or finances, it may be necessary to have a Guardianship and/or Conservatorship in place. A guardian is a person appointed by the court who is responsible for decisions with respect to your loved one’s health, lifestyle and living situation. Whereas a conservator is a person appointed by the courts who protects and manages your loved one’s financial matters. A Guardianship and/or Conservatorship may be necessary for a disabled person, an elderly parent who is vulnerable or an elderly parent who is afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. A guardian and conservator might also be appointed over a minor child who has lost their parents or inherits a sum of money. Stewart and Bruss, P.C. will assist you in petitioning the courts to appoint a responsible person as the guardianship and/or conservatorship of your loved one. This can be a difficult process and situations and questions will arise that the attorneys at Stewart and Bruss, P.C. can help you with. For example, your aged or disabled loved ones may feel that they do not need someone to be responsible for them, or, it may not be clear whether your loved one meets the standards the courts have in place for appointing a guardian or conservator over them. Further, there may be a question of whether an individual would be the ideal person to fill the roles of guardian or conservator or if it would be best to have an independent third party appointed. Here at Stewart and Bruss, P.C. we will guide you in handling these situations in an effective and sensitive manner.