A Law Firm Offering Personal Service and Customized Elder Law Solutions
As the population grows older, complicated and often-emotional decisions must be made by seniors and their families. Estate planning, planning to meet the costs of long-term care, maximizing Social Security benefits, obtaining Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, and incapacity planning are among the major concerns of seniors and their families.
In this highly complex area of the law, The Law Offices of Joel D. Muhlbaum, through its caring and compassionate attorneys, provides legal services to our clients and their families – often during a time of real family crisis and stress.
Holistic Elder Law Planning
Elder law means different things to different people. We feel that the practice of elder law should take on a holistic approach when addressing many of our elderly clients’ concerns and issues. These concerns can include:
- Providing clients with appropriate estate planning documents specifically designed to deal with the legal issues that are unique to seniors
- Explaining complex eligibility rules for government entitlement benefit programs in a way that is understandable to the client
- Discussing the numerous options that the client has in planning for long-term care, including, but not limited, where (in which state) the client will choose to convalesce
- Planning for the possibility of a client’s future incapacity because of injury or illness to enable trusted family members in the management of a client’s affairs with the goal of preserving the client’s personal autonomy
Experienced Medicaid Planning
Medicaid is a federal and state program (administered very differently in Connecticut and in New York) that provides medical assistance to people who are both “medically needy” and “financially needy” and is one way to pay for long-term care, home care and nursing home care costs. To become eligible for Medicaid, you may have to develop and implement a plan which often includes complex transactions. That is why the advice of an experienced elder law attorney with The Law Offices of Joel D. Muhlbaum, can give you peace of mind when making these often complicated decisions.
Special Needs Planning
Special needs planning may involve the establishment of a special needs trust (also known as a supplemental needs trust), either for a spouse or a child. It can be set up during a person’s lifetime or upon one’s passing through a will. Setting up this type of trust can reduce the strain on the rest of the family regarding how to care for a surviving loved one with special needs. We can guide you through the process, including how to properly choose a trustee.
Contact us to Discuss your Planning Needs with an Experienced Attorney
The Law Offices of Joel D. Muhlbaum, serves clients throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York. To schedule your initial consultation with one of our skilled attorneys, call us at 203-323-1818 or send us an email.