Our Alabama elder law attorneys are well known in the community and stand ready to craft solutions that prevent and deal with elder abuse. We help older adults and their loved ones face crisis situations and prepare them for decisions related to health care power of attorney, asset management, long-term care and other matters. Many of Alabama’s older adults suffer abuse, neglect and exploitation. A new elder abuse law went into effect in 2014 that strengthened the penalties for elder abuse in Alabama and provided law enforcement with new tools to combat it. In the U.S., the reports involving financial and physical abuse of older adults has spiked during the past decade. One in 20 older adults report some form of perceived mistreatment, identifying the perpetrators as relatives, trusted friends, caretakers and strangers.
Life Care Planning
We go through life hoping everything will fall into place automatically. Then, life happens and we learn that the pieces don’t always come together. We find ourselves in situations that, in hindsight, could have been prevented. Life care planning is a holistic approach to the practice of elder law that helps families take a proactive approach to chronic illness, disability and the death of an elderly loved one.
Alabama Elder Law Has Many Facets
Explore each facet listed below by visiting the link to view a brief discussion of each topic:
Long-Term Care Planning - We can help you understand the components of long-term care planning such as private insurance, estate planning, asset protection, Medicare and Medicaid. We will explain how recent changes in the law and future trends, affect tomorrow’s long-term care consumer and the best time to obtain long-term care insurance for the lowest rates.
Medicaid and Medicare - Many are surprised to learn that Medicare payments for long-term care are limited. Medicare cannot be counted on for long-term care benefits. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid pays medical costs and long-term care costs. Medicaid is designed as a payer of last resort. To qualify, you must meet strict financial and other eligibility requirements. The rules governing Medicaid are complex, and frequently change, requiring careful attention in the planning and application for benefits. We help people qualify for Medicaid using asset management techniques, assist with the Medicaid application to get approved faster, and help people overcome Medicaid claims denied.
Veterans Aid and Assistance - Our veteran benefits attorneys help disabled servicemembers get the long-term care benefits they deserve. Separate from veteran disability benefits, the Veterans Aid and Assistance program helps veterans and their spouses pay expenses related to nursing home, assisted living or home health care.
Asset Protection for the Average Person - Asset protection is only for the wealthy, some people believe, but this is not true. Anyone who owns a home, an IRA, life insurance or a savings account needs asset protection. When someone passes away, his or her assets may pass to a relative. What most people don’t realize is that individuals and companies today are using legal maneuvers to get what they think they deserve, and in the process, depriving people of their inheritances.
Estate Plans - As probate attorneys who handle the final affairs of people who have passed away, we know that those left behind are often confounded with the details of closing someone’s life. In probate, the government decides who gets what. A properly executed estate plan puts you in control of your assets and the transference of them to your heirs or others. You can learn about estate planning tools, wills, trusts, and other matters right here, on this website. Find out why an estate plan is the best option no matter your age or financial status.
Guardianship and Conservatorship - Guardianship, also referred to as conservatorship, is a legal arrangement that places an individual, known as a ward or protected person, under the supervision of a guardian, also known as a custodian. Conservatorship deals with the person’s money and property. Guardianship deals with a person’s body and health. The same person can hold both roles; but, they are separate functions.
Social Security Disability Claims Denied - Claims for disability benefits are routinely denied. If your application for SSDI or SSI is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days. Having a Social Security disability attorney handle your appeal greatly enhances the probability of getting a denial overturned.
Reach Out to Us
In the practice of elder law, we examine many different aspects of life for the older adult. Our Alabama elder law attorneys offer a comprehensive approach and capable, compassionate advice. Call us today at 205-663-0281 for a free consultation. John Holliman and Melanie Bradford will explain the various laws and processes to get the older adult aware, protected and well cared for.
We can explain all the features of elder care that apply to a particular situation and family. We advocate for the elderly in Alabama. The ultimate goal is to protect your rights in a manner that is effective, legal and ethical. Contact us for a free consultation.
John Holliman and Melanie Bradford Holliman, Attorneys