Elder law is a practice that is defined more by the clients we serve than by the
services we provide (1:04)
What Services Are Included in Elder Law?
Elder law includes preparing advance directives (e.g., powers of attorney,
healthcare powers of attorney, and living wills) and helping people qualify for
and receive Medicare, Medicaid, VA and long term care benefits (0:44)
What Is Life Care Planning?
Life care planning is a type of elder law where a lawyer works with a nurse or a
social worker to help clients get and pay for the care they need (0:48)
What Is an Elder Care Coordinator?
An elder care coordinator is a nurse or social worker who knows the resources in
the community and coordinates the care of the senior (1:12)
How Does the Elder Care Coordinator Work with the Attorney and Clients?
The elder care coordinator meets with you in your own environment to assess your
current situation, your care needs and financial situation and needs (1:13)
Does Everyone Need a Power of
Attorney and Advance Directives?
Everyone should have a power of attorney
and advance directives, and select a person who understands your wishes and
values to speak for you (0:46)
Without a Power of Attorney, Does
My Parent Need a Guardian?
In the absence of a competent spouse, a guardian
should be put in place to advocate for the elderly person and speak on their
What Benefits Are Available for One Who Is Disabled but Not Elderly?
Many of the same benefits that are available for the elderly are available for people who are disabled: VA, SSI, Medicaid, etc.
Can a Disabled Person Have a Life Care Plan?
A life care plan takes into account the disabled person’s goals and plans and
can help them stay independent for as long as possible (0:58)
Doesn't Medicare Pay for the Care that Seniors Need?
Medicare covers hospitalization, doctor visits, medication, physical therapy,
but not long term care or assisted living (0:57)
What Does Medicare Pay For?
Medicare Part A pays for hospital care and skilled nursing and rehab. Part B
pays for doctor visits. Part covers prescription drugs and medication (0:48)
How Do You Help Clients Receive
Medical Care They’re Entitled To?
We work with our clients’ health care
providers to confirm they are receiving proper care and the discharge notice
contains the required language (1:08)
Who Might Be Eligible for VA
A variety of VA benefits are available to veterans (and surviving
spouses) for wartime and peacetime service, if they were not dishonorably
How Does a Veteran or Surviving Spouse Qualify for VA Benefits?
Once a veteran who meets the initial criteria is receiving and paying for
necessary care, they can qualify for additional assistance (1:09)
VA or Medicaid: Which Is Right for Me?
Choosing between VA and Medicaid benefits depends
on the veteran's needs and situation (0:59)
Can Someone Qualify for Both VA and Medicaid?
A veteran or their surviving spouse can qualify for both VA and Medicaid
Veterans' Benefits Long-Term Care
How Can I Tell if My Long Term Care Policy Will Cover My Care?
Your long term care insurance policy might cover important services that are
even more valuable than services provided in a nursing home (1:20)
What If My
Long Term Care Policy Pays Only for a Nursing Home?
If the long term care or
nursing home insurance policy specifies coverage for nursing home care, that is
likely the only care that will be covered (0:57)
Qualifying for Medicaid to Pay for
Long Term Care
To qualify for Medicaid, there are three categories of
criteria: medical need, income, and countable assets (1:15)
What Are Some Misunderstandings
About Who Can Qualify for Medicaid?
Three common misunderstandings about
Medicaid have to do with owning assets, living in your home and keeping your
What Is the Difference Between a
Guardian and a Conservator?
A guardian makes decisions about the person,
their health care, where they live, etc. A conservator makes financial decisions
for the person (0:39)
Can You Help Me Be Appointed as
My Parent's Guardian or Conservator?
Yes. Being appointed as a guardian or
conservator for a spouse or parent is a process that requires going to court
Conservator and Trustee of Trust
We help many families administer their trust and act as conservators for family
Wills and Trusts
Do I Need a Trust? How Do I Know?
We can talk about you and your situation to determine whether a trust makes
How Do I Know What Kind of Trusts Meets My Needs?
We can help you sort through the many kinds of trusts: Revocable trust, family
trust, living trust, special needs trust (1:13)