"If i had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." – Mae West
Elder Law & Estate Planning
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.” – Golda Meir
Often the terms “ELDER LAW” and “ESTATE PLANNING” are used interchangeably which can be very confusing at times. In an effort to help lessen this confusion for our clients, this section focuses primarily on the Disabled, Disability Planning, Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Asset Protection, Insurance Planning (other related insurance issues), Retirement Planning and Management of Property/Financial assets.
NOTE: Please see our “Estate Planning“ section of this website for detailed information on Estate Planning topics such as Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives, Living Wills, and the various Powers of Attorney (Durable, Financial, Healthcare).
Elder Law Basics
What Is Elder Law?
Elder Law is a broad area of law that encompasses many different topics. The main focus is on the legal needs of the elderly, the disabled, and their families. Elder Law Attorneys have extensive knowledge of elder issues and experience with emotionally sensitive topics which make them a good source of advice. They typically work on age-related matters such as Medicaid asset planning, healthcare, retirement and counseling clients about planning for their possible incapacity with alternative financial decision-making methods. Elder Law Attorneys can also assist with helping locate government services and funding and can offer input on care for patients needing support. This can include assistance with possible long-term needs such as nursing home care and locating the appropriate type of care. Finally, they can represent clients in cases involving the rights of an older person and other disputes.
Elder Law Exclusions:
While elder law includes a wide range of practice areas, it does not include every kind of legal case involving an older person. For example, an elder person who has been injured in a car accident would require the help of a personal injury attorney. Likewise, an older person who faces age discrimination on the job may seek out an employment lawyer who specializes in age-discrimination cases. If we are not able to assist you with your Elder Law needs, we can provide alternate recommendations for assistance.
“We'll be here for you every step of the way and will advise you of your specific rights so that you can protect yourself and stay one step ahead!”
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Examples of issues that fall under the area of Elder Law in this section include:
- Healthcare law
- Mental health law (dementia, incapacitated, etc.)
- Long-term care planning
- Elder abuse and fraud recovery
- Social Security and disability claims
- Short & Long Term insurance
- Medicaid coverage & planning
- Medicaid Planning for Asset Protection
- Nursing home selection
- Retirement planning, pension and survivor benefits
Bergstrom Law is sensitive to the emotional and physical needs of our elder and/or disabled clients and their families. We understand the difficult issues and situations often associated with Elder Law. Our goal is to lessen the burden in these areas for our clients so that families can regain peace of mind and confidence moving forward.
“We know that the elderly are often preyed upon and become a target to unscrupulous individuals whose primary goal is to take advantage of unsuspecting seniors.”