Looking For A Compassionate And Effective Denver Elder Law Attorney To Protect Elderly Rights ?
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We generally expect life to become simpler as we age. Sometimes just the opposite occurs. We may be faced with long-term care for a loved one, an aging parent, family member or even ourselves. There are numerous legal issues we all should address as we grow older. No matter what your age is, it’s never too early or too late to start planning for your future.
Having a good estate plan that includes a solid elder law strategy is a must. We can help you avoid the catastrophic effects of long-term nursing care that can wipe out your finances. We can help protect you, your family’s home and shield your assets. Our firm has the experience with the complexities of elder care options. We can help provide optimal care, preserve and safeguard as many assets as possible.
Our firm understands your concerns. We will help set up your objectives with a comprehensive estate and long-term care planning. Don’t leave children or relatives wondering what you would have wanted if you become incapacitated or pass away. We also understand the responsibility and the stress that is involved when caring for a loved one or a disabled child. We are committed to finding the best solution for your needs and will thoroughly examine all the legal options available to you.
Programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and even Veteran’s benefits can be difficult to understand. Their eligibility requirements keep changing, along with the laws that regulate these programs. Our firm has thorough knowledge and we stay up-to-date with the elder laws that govern these evolving programs.
Protecting your loved ones does not have to be a stressful event.
Let our compassionate and skillful elder law attorneys guide you through the process
for those loved ones as they grow older.
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What Is Elder Law And Do You Need A Denver Elder Law Lawyer?
Our Denver Lawyers Practice in All Areas of Elder Law.
We provide compassionate services and advice to clients with the dignity and respect we would want ourselves. We understand the responsibility and how overwhelming the situation can be with elder care and elder law. We will personally walk you through every step. Our firm is committed, efficient and affordable helping you figure the financial aspects of planning for today and in the future.
Call us if you need assistance with:
Estate Planning, Wills & Powers of Attorney
Guardianship Proceedings and Conservatorship
Medicaid Issues, Options and Planning
Nursing Home Planning
Medicaid Estate Recovery
Special Needs Trusts
Life Care Planning
Revocable and Irrevocable Living Trusts
Last Wills and Testaments
Probate and Estate Administration
Qualified Income Trusts
Our Experienced Elder Law Attorneys Can Assist With Your Elder Law Issues. Call For Your Free Consultation.
Our attorneys are well-rounded in the law and come from diverse backgrounds. This allows our attorneys to approach your legal needs from many different perspectives. For instance, we can set up an estate plan that has the lowest tax liability and we can approach your elder law issue to avoid future litigation or probate. We are also able to offer skillful real estate, tax and business legal advice that can go hand-in-hand with elder law.
If you would like to discuss the options for your elder law case, contact our Denver attorneys at 303-618-2122. You may also schedule a consultation via our website, or send us a secured message regarding your elder law case. We offer elder law services in Denver, and throughout all of Colorado.
Elder Law: Guardianship and Conservatorship
There are, generally speaking, four main areas of Elder Law: Issues with Elder Guardianship and Conservatorship; Long-Term Care Issues; Estate Planning for Elder Care; and Elder Abuse and Neglect.
Gantenbein Law Firm's attorneys, located in Denver and serving clients throughout Colorado, can assist in all these areas of elder law.
Elder Law: Long-Term Care
One of the most heartbreaking events in our lives is when a loved one, generally a mother or father, can no longer care for themselves or are no longer capable to make sound decisions. There are many circumstances in which a person may become incapacitated such as falling into a coma, being mentally challenged, have a form of dementia, suffer a stroke or brain injury. In these cases, it usually falls to the children and/or siblings to manage the incapacitated person’s finances and other affairs.
If the loved one in need does not have a designated guardian or conservator, an attentive relative can step in to establish a guardianship and/or conservatorship. An experienced and qualified elder care attorney can appeal to the court on behalf of the family member to be appointed, or ask the court to appoint someone else as a guardian or conservator. If there are no close family members, the court will consider other relatives or friends.
A guardianship can be one or more individuals who are given the legal authority to make decisions regarding the incapacitated or incompetent person’s medical treatment, living arrangements, health and safety needs. A conservatorship gives one or more persons the legal authority to manage the incapacitated or incompetent person’s finances such as handling bank accounts, investments, property and other assets. The conservator would pay bills, gather all debts and manage the overall cash flow of the person’s estate.
If the incapacitated person has already designated a guardian or conservator in a living will, durable power of attorney or medical power of attorney, the court will usually abide by those wishes and appoint that designated person. One person could act as both guardian and conservator. The court however, may choose to appoint someone else if the court feels the designated person is not best suited to serve the interests of the loved one in need. The court may also hold hearings to review all the facts to evaluate the loved one’s health and mental capacity.
More often, these areas of law can be highly emotional. Children and siblings may have conflicting views at determining what’s best for the loved one. If an agreement does not come into place regarding these conflicts, the court may choose a guardian and/or conservator after considering abilities, character and other factors. The court may also decide a neutral attorney or distant relative is best suited as the guardian and/or conservator.
Facing an issue of your loved one having to be cared for is heart-rending and distressful. We at Gantenbein Law Firm have the understanding, experienced Elder Care attorneys who will be with you throughout the entire court process and procedures. From filing petitions to court appearances, we are Colorado’s premier law firm assisting our elder and their families with the utmost attentive and responsive legal needs. Gantenbein Law Firm is known throughout the community as providing exemplary client service.
Most seniors, at some point in their lives will require long-term care. Because of the high cost of long-term care, planning for this event is critical for every senior and their families. Unfortunately many seniors aren’t prepared for this ‘crisis in the waiting’.
The probability of needing long-term care sometime in your lifetime is around 70% and the percentage rises with age. The ongoing care for a family member averages between $5,000 and $10,000 - or more per month.
Sadly, the number of people who have already planned for long-term care is low. Normally, we don’t think of this planning until we, or a family member require some type of long-term care. By then, many of the optimal options are limited. Further, you may find you just don’t have the money and have to rely on family members or be forced to sell assets you’ve spent a lifetime collecting.
Some seniors can afford private care, but for most, the high cost of care will wipe out savings within two to three years. The need for an experienced, qualified Elder Care Attorney is crucial. Our attorneys at Gantenbein Law Firm are successful advocates for elder care. We have an organized way for you to plan your future care needs, to help protect family assets and preserve your financial legacy to the fullest extent possible.
When you begin to think about planning your estate and obtaining a will, consider talking to one of our elder care attorneys. You will want to ensure you get the expertise of an attorney who understands healthcare directives, government benefits, asset ownership, pension plans, guardianship, conservatorship, probate, the ever-changing Medicare and Medicaid and much more. Like many aspects of the law, elder law can be quite complicated creating dilemmas that are frustrating to deal with.
Gantenbein Law Firm elder care attorneys can help define every aspect of an elder’s care. Besides the traditional service of helping elders qualify for public benefits, we can help preserve family assets. We don’t provide generic documents - we find solutions specific to each client’s needs. We can help provide the proper planning for your future to make life less stressful for you and your family members.
Our firm is committed to offer peace of mind that the right choices are made ensuring you or your loved ones will have exceptional elder care. Our accomplished elder care attorneys have the qualifications and experience to help you make important decisions and fight any legal battles you may have to face.
Elder Law: Estate Planning
One of the most distressing and tragic elder care legal issues is Elder Abuse. Elder abuse covers a broad area that includes physical abuse, financial exploitation (the misuse of an elder person’s money or property), intimidation, sexual abuse or depriving an elder of medicine or care.
Statistics show approximately 4 million Americans are victims of elder abuse. Sadly, another 1 to 2 million of elder abuse cases go unreported due to the fear of retaliation or worsening living conditions.
Under Colorado law, elder abuse covers at-risk adults who are 70 years of age or older or any person who is 18 years of age or older who has a disability.
Gantenbein Law Firm’s elder care attorneys have in-depth experience with elder abuse. We realize and understand the difficulty and sensitivity in the approach to elder abuse. We work tirelessly and diligently with victims and families to ensure the abuse stops and the responsible parties are held accountable. We are leading elder care advocates in our community and are dedicated to the well being of our elders.
Even the best planning may not be enough when there is an improper guardianship(s) or a power of attorney placed in the wrong hands. Further, trusted caregivers often exploit or abuse the elderly even going as far as opening lines of credit and obtaining loans in the elder’s name.
Senior citizens are often the target of nursing home theft, identity theft, fraud and financial exploitation. Financial elder abuse is one of the fastest-growing forms of elder abuse in our country. The cost of financial abuse to older Americans is more than $2.6 billion each year.
Elders are prime targets of financial abuse due to their real and/or perceived diminished capacity and the belief elders have accrued wealth, own homes and have pensions. Financial abuse can involve an elder’s bank account, their banking information, Social Security benefits, property and investments. Too often, unscrupulous financial advisors and others will take advantage of the elderly. Statistics also show that elder financial abuse often escalates into physical abuse.
We offer solutions to seek compensation for the elder’s financial losses. There are certain asset protection techniques we can legally administer to protect your loved one and your family. Our qualified and experienced elder care attorneys offer a unified approach to help families plan and work together to enhance the quality of life for you or loved ones.
Elder Law: Elder Abuse & Neglect
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Gantenbein Law Firm's Denver Elder Law attorneys serve clients throughout the Denver metro area and all of Colorado. Contact our Denver Elder Law lawyers at 303-618-2122 or schedule a consultation online.