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Legal problems facing elderly people are often complex and interrelated. Laurie Ohall, is Florida Board Certified in elder law, which means she’s one of the very few attorneys in Tampa that is legally classified as a specialist in elder law. She is always current with the changing laws related to Florida Medicaid and Florida Medicare and the ways in which these programs affect the senior population.
We work with people to address all the legal issues that may be complicating their lifestyle, including:
- Medicaid Claims and Appeals for denial of benefits
- Preservation or transfer of assets seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment when one spouse enters a nursing home.
- Estate planning and tax planning
- Long-term care placement issues
- Long-term healthcare issues
- Guardianship issues
- Other issues which are more personal to the Elder, including worries about assisted living or nursing homes, becoming too forgetful and cannot pay their bills, worries about whether someone is stealing money or property from the individual, etc.
What does an Elder Law Attorney Do?
An Elder Law Attorney is aware of the real life problems, health and otherwise, that people experience as they age. They are tied into a system of social workers, psychologists, geriatric care managers, and other elder care professionals who may be of assistance to their clients. Attorneys who work with the elderly bring more to their practice than experience with the legal issues. They have an understanding of the elderly that allows them and their staff to ignore the myths related to aging. At the same time, they recognize and empathize with some of the true physical and mental difficulties that often accompany the aging process.
Money worries: We counsel clients who are worried about the cost of assisted living or nursing homes. To avoid spousal impoverishment after one spouse enters a nursing home, we also work with clients on the preservation or transfer of assets.
Personal concerns: Our lawyer counsels clients who are worried about whether someone is stealing their money or property. We also work to create solutions for clients who struggle with forgetfulness or have difficulty remembering simple tasks, such as paying their bills.
UNTIL A MEDICAL CRISIS TO HELP YOUR PARENTS PLAN FOR LONG-TERM CARE.
Download the eBook version of Laurie Ohall’s guide to protecting your parent’s assets,
honoring their wishes, & providing long-term care.
What’s in the ebook?
Surviving The ‘Sandwiched’ Years: How To Protect Your Parent’s Assets, Honor Their Wishes & Provide Long-Term Care….Without Losing Your Money—Or Your Mind!
When caring for kids and aging parents, planning ahead is critical to ensure mom or dad get the help they need without losing everything they’ve worked so hard for, or placing your own financial security (and sanity!) on the line.
I’ve created this e-book to give you a head start in navigating the complicated world of long-term care. My goal is to steer you clear of the common mistakes and traps that bring families to my office who are financially maxed out, faced with limited options, and at the mercy of the courts for permission to manage their parent’s affairs and retain control.
When you download this free e-book, you will also discover:
- Why Medicare will not cover nursing home or in-home health care costs…and how to pay for your parents’ care without spending all of their money or paying out of pocket (expenses can run in excess of $8,000 a month!)
- How to avoid common mistakes that can jeopardize Medicaid eligibility or expose adult children to liability for their parent’s long-term care costs.
- Legal and financial strategies to shield your parent’s assets and money from nursing homes or the state.
- Why your parents’ estate plan may not work if it has not been updated in past 5 years.
- How adding your name to a parent’s bank account or home can backfire causing serious penalties and exposure to lawsuits and creditors.
- 3 documents you need to manage mom or dad’s affairs, access medical records, and maintain control in the event of sickness or incapacity.
- Key medical, financial, and legal information you would never think to grab that will save you a ton of time, money, and headaches in a medical crisis.
- How to give your parents the gift of aging without worry or struggle!
Remember, sickness, memory loss, or incapacity from a stroke or other condition can happen without warning. Don’t wait to get a rock-solid plan in place to protect your parents and make your job as a caregiver as easy as possible.