Elder law deals with all aspects of planning, counseling, education, and advocating for the elderly, and for disabled clients.
Elder law attorneys understand that their clients' needs may extend beyond basic legal services. As such, they act as a resource to their clients by staying informed about, and connected to, the local networks of professionals who serve the elder population.
As an elder law attorney, Susan has a comprehensive knowledge of the unique needs of the elderly and disabled as well as the realities and myths related to aging and diminished capacity.
Whether she is drafting a will or medical directive, counseling a client about long term care, or reviewing a housing contract, Susan takes into account her client's health, assets, family, and future needs. She listens to her clients wishes and concerns and advocates at all times for their self-determination and well-being. If necessary, Susan will associate other professionals in aging.
Susan deals with the following elder law issues:
- Wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney, and end-of-life directions
- Maximizing resources for long term care
- Selecting trusted fiduciaries to handle your affairs, now and after death
- Planning for a well spouse when the other spouse requires long term care
- Public benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits
- Mental capacity, guardianship and its alternatives
- Planning for minor and adult special needs family members