What is Elder Law?
"Elder Law" is a common title given to the wide array of legal issues that individuals of advancing years frequently encounter. For many, this is the first time that they have had a need for legal services of any kind. Although most of our clients are self-reliant, independent people, the complexities presented by government benefit and entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Benefits can be overwhelming. Furthermore, "going it alone" can be a risky venture as these programs are littered with legal pitfalls that can have long-lasting effects upon eligibility for these programs.
Protecting the Vulnerable Adult.
In some cases, our clients are those who, because of the frailties and infirmities associated with aging, become targets of financial or physical exploitation. An Elder Law attorney employs a variety of legal strategies to protect these vulnerable individuals. Such strategies might include preparation of powers of attorney, wills, trusts, and advance health care directives. When incapacity has already become an issue, a guardianship or conservatorship may be necessary. When appropriate, an Elder Law attorney will coordinate with a variety of professionals to ensure that both the physical and financial security of the individual is protected from those who would take advantage.
How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?
Elder Law attorneys are also excellent resources for healthy individuals who must plan for possible long-term care and incapacity for themselves or for their aging family members. If any of the following questions are relevant to you or a family member, contact us to schedule a consultation.
- Is there any chance that you or your spouse will enter a nursing home within the next 5-10 years?
- Is there any chance that you or your spouse will enter an assisted living facility within the next 5-10 years?
- Do you own a long-term care insurance policy? If so, do you understand the benefits it provides?
- Are you aware that, as a veteran of the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for up to $1,800 per month of extra income to help pay for medical services?
- Have you made any significant gifts of cash or property within the last five years?
- Do you have minor or disabled children who depend upon you for care or support?
- Are you concerned that a loved one is being physically or financially exploited, or is at risk to become so?
From within Utah County and Salt Lake County, our law firm represents estate planning and elder law clients from Alpine, Highland, Lehi, American Fork, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Sandy, Draper, Herriman, South Jordan, Pleasant Grove, Salt Lake City, Lindon, Provo, Orem, Spanish Fork, Payson, Santaquin, and Springville. The Utah Law Firm of Platt Law, P.C. focuses on Utah estate planning, wills, trusts, estates, probate administration, asset protection, Medical Assistance planning, Medicaid planning & eligibility, Veterans Benefits planning, VA Aid and Attendance planning, elder law, business succession planning, family limited partnerships, real estate and transactional law. With years of experience, attorney RobRoy Platt is an experienced estate planning attorney, trust attorney, probate attorney, asset protection attorney, Medicaid attorney, Veterans Benfits attorney, and elder law attorney. Melissa Platt is an experienced business succession attorney, trust attorney, estate planning attorney, and real estate attorney.