What is Elder Law? As an elder law attorney, Mary Ellen will help you deal with the present and prepare for the future.
She will assist you with estate planning, helping you to make plans for your future, before health concerns force you or your family to make emergency decisions.
She can help you develop a plan to assist your family in caring for and protecting an aging loved one. These plans may include issues dealing with long-term illness or disability; deciding on and selecting the best housing option; deciding how to pay for home health care or a nursing home.
If Medicaid is going to become necessary to pay for care, Mary Ellen can assist you with planning. Although Medicaid is a federal program, it is administered by the state, and every state's rules and regulations are different. Ideally planning for Medicaid should been done five years before someone needs the benefit. Since few look that far into the future, she can assist you in understanding such things as community spouse and institutionalized spouse resources and allowable spend downs.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to put a person under a guardianship to protect him or his assets. The need for a guardianship is a legal determination that is made by the Probate Court. If a guardianship becomes necessary, Mary Ellen can assist you with gathering the necessary documents and in making application to the probate court, and to continue to assist you with the requirements of being athe guardian of your loved one.
Many issues involving elderly loved ones require the family to make difficult, emotional decisions. What can a family do when they can't agree on a plan? Mediation is often helpful, and Mary Ellen is a trained mediator.
The practice of Elder Law encompasses virtually all issues that a multi-generational family may face. Mary Ellen enjoys working with families, in developing a lasting relationship, and she assures her clients that she is always available to answer their questions and concerns.