With the baby-boom generation advancing in age, Pennsylvania's senior citizens and their families increasingly encounter legal and practical concerns surrounding the care and support of elder loved ones. An attorney experienced in elder law matters can assist clients in establishing guardianships and conservatorships to provide the day-to-day assistance many elders need to manage their financial and personal matters. An experienced elder law attorney can prepare legal documents to allow senior citizens to predetermine medical and financial decisions during a period of incapacity, and provide for long-term medical care or nursing home residency through various funding sources. Additionally, an experienced elder law attorney can provide much-needed legal and emotional support to family members suddenly faced with the mounting pressure of caring for an elder loved one.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Guardianships and conservatorships can help an elder family member manage his personal and financial affairs. When symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, senility, dementia or physical disabilities arise, our loved ones will often find it difficult to care for themselves and make the decisions they once did. Common tasks can become daily obstacles. Our loved ones may become forgetful, easily confused, and delusional as they age. Their judgment may become impaired, and their ability to make sound financial decisions may come into question. Guardianships or conservatorships can help you care for your loved one. Through a guardianship or conservatorship, you can become the court-ordered guardian or conservator of your loved one's personal effects or financial matters. Vested with control over various aspects of your loved one's life, you can maximize your loved one's quality of life through a support network of qualified professionals, friends, and family.
If you think that a guardianship or conservatorship may be a necessary step in the care of your loved ones, it is important that you speak to an experienced elder law attorney, who can advise you in the best course of action. There are several options to consider so it is important to deal with an experienced advisor who understands Pennsylvania Elder Law. Please call us today at (800)351-8334.
Powers of Attorney and Health Care Declarations
Before physical or mental disabilities arise, sound planning allows everybody to make decisions about their future financial matters and medical treatment, even if they are unable to communicate at the time those decisions are to be made. Powers of attorney and health care declarations allow a person to designate a carefully selected agent to carry out their wishes. In a thoroughly drafted document, each person may communicate with their agent, inform him of your financial goals and decisions, as well as determine the extent of any medical procedures or life-sustaining techniques that may be performed in the future. These powers direct your agent to make sound decisions according to your wishes, even if you are unable to communicate at the time.
Planning for Long-Term Care
While financial and medical decisions are extremely important, so too is planning for long-term care. In the busy world we live in, many people overlook the financial, medical, and personal impact of long-term care planning. In the event you develop a serious mental or physical disability, requiring sustained health care as part of your daily life, you will want to have implemented a proper long-term care plan. Long-term care costs in Pennsylvania are quite expensive and continue to rise. Proper long-term care planning now will allow you to cover these rising costs without exhausting your life savings. A skilled elder law attorney can counsel you on the availability of long-term care insurance, Medicare assistance, and Medicaid eligibility. With the proper payment options, you will be free to choose the long-term care option that provides you the best care and treatment available.
Help for Families of Eldercare Law Clients
Caring for an elder loved one can be a demanding chore. It is often time consuming, expensive, and physically and mentally exhausting. When added to your employment commitments, family life, and social relationships, your new role as caregiver can feel overwhelming. You are not alone, however. Millions of Americans currently care for an elder loved one, whether he lives with you or not. An experienced elder law attorney has counseled others in your position and can draw on professional experience to provide you the guidance, support and encouragement you need to meet your new challenges. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call us at (800)351-8334.
If you feel you need to take control of the future financial or personal decisions for yourself or the protection of a loved one, it is important to act quickly. Taking the necessary steps now to establish guardianships, conservatorships, powers of attorney, and health care declarations can eliminate financial waste, personal turmoil, and family burdens for yourself and your loved ones in the years to come. All the while, you can ensure the best available medical and long-term care for yourself or your family.
Contact Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak today at (800)351-8334. We have offices located in Williamsport and State College, and offer in home appointments to those who cannot travel.