Elder Law

As we or our loved ones age, we often think about who will care for the aging population, whether we or they will be financially independent or will need support, whether we will require long-term care or health care concerns. These are all very common issues that affect the aging population and their family members and loved-ones.

Seniors oftentimes require unique health care, financial needs, home care or caregiving that is oftentimes beyond one person’s ability. At times living arrangements need to be changed to allow for our elderly parents, friends or other relatives to feel sense of security or safety while also being attended to. Sometimes if you choose a nursing facility, hospital, or a nursing home, there can be incidents of neglect or abuse, which will require immediate attention.

There may be issues of financial exploitation against your aging family member by other family members or individuals who have taken responsibility over them. Since the elderly are often vulnerable in their old age, or medical state, they can easily be taken advantage of and they require a responsible party to make the right decisions for them. In such instances, a Power of Attorney would be suitable in allowing a responsible party to make decisions on their behalf. That is why the attorneys at Downriver Lawyer know what steps need to be taken to empower you or an aging loved one to make the right decisions that will affect them far into the future.

Sadly this population is also the greatest target of neglect and abuse. Abuse can take many forms. There may be physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, financial abuse or mere neglect like not being given medication or food properly and adequately. If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from any kind of neglect or abuse at the hands of another family member, nursing home, or care center, please contact us immediately.

Elder law covers all aspects of legal issues facing the aging community whether it is planning, education, advocacy or counseling. Such legal issues consist of:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills & Trusts/Living Wills
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Long-term Care
  • Asset Protection
  • Securing Public Benefits: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans’ benefits
  • Guardianship
  • Age or Disability Discrimination
  • Nursing Home Claims (Abuse/Neglect)
  • Fraud
  • Incapacity
  • Planning for minor children and children w/disabilities

Our attorneys take the time to carefully explain all options to ensure that you or your loved-ones understand your rights and choices in your specific situation. We have the knowledge and experience with the aging population to understand issues of competency, health and mental wellness and difficulties that come with age, and the myths that surround this population. We offer a support system that helps you and your loved-ones feel safe. That is why our attorneys respect and care for our clients and understand that each situation is specific and unique.

Our aging population has spent their lifetime caring for us and ensuring that we have been taken care; it’s time that we pay them back and provide them with continued wonderful memories in their golden years.