Palm Beach, FL Elder Law Attorney
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Palm Beach is full of seniors who are looking forward to living out the rest of their lives in the warm weather, by the beach, with their family and friends – in fact, it is one of the top retirement destinations in the U.S.! You deserve to spend your golden decades without any financial or legal worries. Unfortunately, being a senior means that you are vulnerable to many risks and issues that could arise that may threaten the security of your hard-earned wealth or your family’s legacy. That’s why it is in your best interests to work with a Palm Beach elder law attorney who can assist you with a wide range of legal matters. At Elder Law, P.A., we are committed to giving you peace of mind and protecting everything that matters most to you from whatever the future may hold! Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Why Working With An Elder Lawyer Is Important
Estate planning, probate, guardianships, and other issues that frequently affect seniors and their caretakers often involve copious amounts of complex paperwork and court communications. This is the last thing that elderly adults and their families want to be dealing with; an elder lawyer can save hours and hours of your valuable time, not to mention preventing mistakes that can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. They can give you reliable legal advice you can trust.
What Issues Our Palm Beach Elder Law Attorney Can Help With
Our lead Palm Beach elder law attorney, Ryan J. Smollar, can assist you with any needs that are common to seniors, such as (but not limited to):
Estate planning – Estate planning is the process of determining what will happen to your assets when you pass away or become medically incapacitated. It is more than making a simple will; it usually involves the creation of multiple documents, such as a trust, a power of attorney, an advance directive, and more. Having an estate plan ensures that your possessions won’t have to go through probate before they can be transferred to your beneficiaries.
Medicaid planning – Medicaid planning is a process of shielding your assets from Medicaid’s strict eligibility requirements so that you can still access your assets, but they won’t count against you if you need to qualify for Medicaid in order to pay for nursing home care. It can involve the creation of a trust and utilize other tools! Because nursing homes are so expensive and aren’t covered by Medicare/private insurance, Medicaid planning can preserve your life savings if you do end up needing long-term care.
Probate administration – As you get older, those closest to you may as well, and you may find yourself grieving the death of a spouse, sibling, parent, aunt, uncle, or other family relative. If their estate needs to go through probate – a Florida court process – and you have been named as the executor of their will or are the closest surviving relative, we can handle everything for you so you can focus on mourning and moving forward.
Guardianships – At some point in your life, you may no longer be able to live or make decisions independently. We can help you choose and appoint a guardian you trust for that time, which is a person who has a legal responsibility to care for you and make choices in your best interests. We can also assist caregivers who need to become guardians quickly with the paperwork, court appearances, and legalities involved.
Obtaining government benefits and tax planning – Sometimes, you may encounter issues with Social security or retirement benefits, disability benefits, veterans’ benefits, your pension, or other government benefits that you need to claim or explore. We can assist you with every aspect of this process, as it can be confusing to navigate government programs! We can also help you find ways to minimize taxes and stay financially secure.
Why Choose Elder Law, P.A.
Our law firm has been advocating for elders in Florida since 2015, and our lead Palm Beach elder law attorney has over 10 years of legal experience. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to protect our clients, their assets, and their families both now and in the future! We are exclusively focused on elder law and related issues, meaning that we have the specific and in-depth knowledge of Florida processes and your options. Call today to book a free consultation and learn more about what we can do to serve you!
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Natalie was amazing handling my dads medicaid application process, easy to communicate and we found the process very straight forward with their guidance. We would highly recommend their services to everyone who is in need of elder law, with our family all working full time and busy lives they gave us a peace of mind knowing they were working on getting things done.
Ryan really cares about his clients, and it shows in the way that he advises them. He is extremely knowledgeable about elder law, and explains the rules in a clear manner. The issues can be difficult on family members to discuss, and he handles the material in a compassionate manner.
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10 Years Of Legal Experience
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