Elder Law & Disability Planning

If you have reached an age where it is time to look to the future, one of your worries could be that you will lose your ability to maintain your independence. By preparing a plan based on your specific needs, your fears can effectively be eased. When you address your needs for the future openly, you are the one who calls the shots, letting everyone involved know your exact wishes. When discussing such sensitive topics as elder law and planning for a disability, it is essential you speak to an attorney with experience, as well as an affinity for the elder population. The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys will advocate for the rights of senior citizens with compassion and sensitivity.

Elder law can address planning issues associated with health-care, long-term care and many other issues which face the elderly or disabled individuals and their families. Studies suggest that in a few short years, as our baby boomer population continues to age, long-term care for the elderly could become a national crisis. Estimates place the number of Americans who will reach the age of 65 and need some type of long-term care for at least three years during their lifetime at a whopping 70 percent. With numbers that high, it stands to reason every person should consider that residency in a nursing home or assisted living facility could become necessary.

Unfortunately, nursing homes for an incapacitated person come at a substantial cost, often wiping away a nest egg which has been carefully nurtured over the lifetime of the person. The primary alternative to privately paying a nursing home or assisted care facility is Medicaid, however many Americans do not qualify for Medicaid benefits until all their resources have been depleted. In fact, proper disability planning can potentially protect assets, allowing the elderly person to benefit from Medicaid. Perhaps you are a family member of an elderly grandparent or parent, and are unsure of your loved one’s wishes. We can offer you clear ideas on the best approach to your particular situation, helping you make the best decisions.

Getting the Help You Need from The Van Winkle Law Firm

Regardless of your age or stage in life, addressing elder law and disability-related issues is highly recommended. At The Van Winkle Law Firm, we handle a wide range of issues related to elder law and trust administration. While many of these decisions can be difficult to address, when you have a solid, comprehensive plan in place which will help avoid future legal troubles, you are miles ahead. Aside from traditional estate planning, we also assist our clients with related issues, such as planning for long-term care and creating medical directives. Whether you are planning to retire soon or are being proactive about your future, our firm has the skills and insight required to address your specific concerns. We can assist you with the following:

  • Asset preservation
  • Special needs trusts
  • Settlement preservation trusts
  • Medicaid and SSI planning
  • Long-term care planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Advanced directives

Expert Guidance From a Certified Elder Law Attorney

Our team of elder law attorneys is proud to have Attorney Caroline T. Knox on our team. Attorney Knox is among the fifteen Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in North Carolina. Her expert knowledge regarding this area of the law will set you at ease and inspire confidence. Our team of legal professionals will carefully listen to your concerns, advising you regarding the documents which will best fit your specific needs. With the help of The Van Winkle Law Firm, your loved ones will not have to worry about making potentially difficult decisions in a hurry in the future.