Elder Law & Disability Planning

Elder Law is a complex practice area that requires counsel from a knowledgeable lawyer whose practice focuses on issues facing the elderly and those with special needs. The Van Winkle Law Firm offers extensive experience helping clients face these difficult issues and creating customized plans to meet our clients’ needs and ease their concerns. In addition to traditional estate planning, our services include planning for long-term care, coordinating private and public resources to finance such care, designing and administering special needs trusts, and assembling and coordinating teams of professionals to ensure the highest quality of care. Our firm works with individuals of all ages, including those planning to retire, clients who have recently been diagnosed with a medical illness, and elderly individuals transitioning to a long-term care facility. Whatever your concerns The Van Winkle Law Firm can help ensure you have a plan in place to face life’s transitions head-on. Our firm is staffed by one of only fifteen Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in North Carolina and one of fewer than 500 in the nation.

Types of Services
  • Incompetency Proceedings & Guardianship Administration
  • Medicaid and SSI Planning and Applications
  • Establishing and Administering Special Needs Trusts
  • Settlement Preservation Trusts
  • Asset preservation
  • Planning for Long-Term Care (Nursing home, assisted living)
  • Coordination of Extended Care Professionals
  • Wills, Trusts and Advanced Directives (including Living Wills and Health Care Surrogates)
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Special Needs Trust Accounting Reviews