If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, talking with elder law attorneys becomes very important. You need to make sure that you have your affairs in order so you can control what happens if your illness progresses and your assets need to be managed or decisions need to be made about your care.
The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. will help you to understand what kinds of legal tools you can use in order to control what happens in your future after a diagnosis of a serious illness. Having a comprehensive plan in place will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you can maintain your autonomy as long as possible and that your wishes will be respected when you can no longer act on your own.
Elder law attorneys at our firm will also help you to protect your wealth and family and will work with you to control the legacy that you want to leave. Give us a call as soon as you are diagnosed with a serious medical condition so we can begin to provide the help and advice you need to plan for your future.
How Elder Law Attorneys Can Help After a Diagnosis of a Serious Illness
After a diagnosis of a serious illness, elder law attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. will help you to create advanced directives so you can specify what kinds of medical care you want. There may come a point when you can no longer communicate your preferences about the kinds of care you do and do not wish to receive. If you have not made your wishes known in advance, your loved ones could end up fighting about care or could be put in the difficult position of having to make a choice without knowing your wishes. You could also receive care you do not want, or be denied care you do want, since you haven’t expressed your preferences.
Our firm will also help you to make sure you can afford the costs of long term care or nursing home care in case your illnesses progresses and you can no longer live independently any more because of it. If you are not able to care for yourself and you need help, you may have to pay out of pocket if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, since Medicare and most private insurers only provide very limited coverage for brief durations of skilled care.
If you just need help because you are sick, this probably will not be covered by any third party other than Medicaid. If you have too many assets to qualify for Medicaid, you could experience substantial financial loss. Elder law attorneys will make certain you can use legal tools effectively to create a Medicaid plan to protect as much of your wealth as possible while getting covered.
We can also provide you with assistance in taking steps to specify who should act on your behalf and make decisions for you if you cannot act of your own accord any longer. Someone will need to manage your assets, for example, and someone may need to make decisions on issues like where you should live if you can’t live on your own. There are tools like trusts or the creation of a power of attorney that will give you the ability to determine who will act for you, rather than forcing your loved ones to go to court and leaving the decision of who should serve as your guardian in the hands of the judge.
Finally, you want to ensure that you have your estate plan in place so you can determine who inherits your hard earned wealth after you pass away. You need to make an estate plan while you’re still capable and before your illness progresses to the point where planning for your legacy is no longer an option, so you shouldn’t hesitate to act.
Getting Help from Elder Law Attorneys
Elder law attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. have provided help to many people diagnosed with serious medical conditions. A diagnosis of a serious illness can be frightening, but with our help, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your family and assets are protected and that you have taken control of your destiny.
To find out more about the assistance our firm can provide and about the steps you should take after being diagnosed with an illness, join us for a free seminar. You can also get personalized advice if you give us a call at 866-370-3888 or contact us online today.
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