Fishing with GrandpaWhat is Elder Law, exactly?

Elder law is a practice area that specifically addresses the needs of our senior population. In some instances, this means updating estate planning and powers of attorney to ensure there is a trusted person nominated to help the senior meet the health and financial challenges that can occur later in life.  In other circumstances, it can mean assisting family members with establishling a guardianship and/or conservatorship, because the senior did not have powers of attorney in place and no longer has the capacity to implement such planning.

In addition to estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, we also provide long-term care planning for our elder law clients.  Long-term care planning may include locating an assisted living or skilled nursing facility and devising a plan to pay for such care, but it can also mean designing and implementing a strategy to maximize independence and enable our client to remain in their home as long as possible.  In most cases, our long-term care planning is achieved through a combination of estate planning, Medicaid planning, downsizing and/or Veteran’s benefits planning.

We know that it can be challenging to address the delicate issue of senior care, but our attorneys and staff are here to guide families through such difficult decisions. If you need assistance in navigating elder care issues, please contact us today at (720) 663-7707. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to review the following articles:

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Elder Abuse and Neglect

Elder abuse and neglect is a very serious issue, and Colorado has recently increased protections for at-risk seniors.  If you suspect an elderly person you know is being abused, exploited or neglected or that such person is no longer able to care for their own health and safety, please contact us at (720) 663-7707.