Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand. You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.
The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls. Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails. An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.
Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs. Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible. It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.
Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.
Our Wheaton elder law attorneys are dedicated to taking the time to help you understand your senior planning goals and educate you on estate planning techniques that will ensure you and your loved ones are provided for in the long-term. We pride ourselves on our affordable rates and amazing client service, and are here to help you secure your loved ones' future.
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Our Wheaton elder law attorneys will assist you and your loved ones in taking advantage of Medicaid benefits in order to pay for long-term care.
The cost of long-term care can be incredibly expensive. If you are facing the prospect of long-term care, Medicaid benefits may be an option to cover these costs. However, in order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, you must be able to show that you have "spent down" all of your non-exempt assets. Medicaid allows you to keep a certain small amount of value in certain types of assets without interfering with eligibility. You must spend all of your assets over and above exemption amounts before becoming eligible for Medicaid assistance.
The good news is that, with proper Medicaid planning, you may be able to transfer a significant amount of your assets to your family rather than spending these assets on long-term care. It is important to begin the planning process with our Wheaton elder law attorneys as early as possible because Medicaid has a "5-year look back period" which complicates matters. Any transfers made to family members within 5 years of applying for Medicaid may result in a penalty period during with your eligibility for Medicaid will be delayed. When you pass away, the state is obliged to seek repayment from your estate for Medicaid benefits paid on your behalf for long-term care. If you transfer assets like your family home to your loved ones within 5 years prior to your passing, these transfers can be undone and your family members may be liable for repayment of the proceeds.
In this article, our Wheaton elder law attorneys explain how Powers of Attorney (POA) can help avoid the costly and time consuming process of guardianship proceedings by directly stipulating who will handle the affairs in case of incapacity or disability.
If a person becomes mentally incompetent through disease, injury or old age, their immediate family can't simply take over the management of their major life decisions or financial affairs.
In this article, our Wheaton elder law attorneys discuss how trusts are used in order to prevent probate proceedings.
Probate matters see the courts distributing assets of a deceased individuals' estate to heirs and creditors. Probate proceedings are a long and costly process and can be avoided by implementing a revocable living trust that transfers money and other estate assets to it during a lifetime. The revocable living trust is a legal entity that owns the assets and property during the creator's lifetime. That creator has control of it while they are alive and can stipulate what happens to those assets upon their death.