Elder law encompasses a wide range of practice areas, including estate planning, Medicaid planning, asset protection, and more. In general, however, elder law is concerned with ensuring that you are adequately prepared to deal with the medical, financial and legal challenges faced with growing older.
At Garofalo Law Group, we provide experienced representation for elder law matters in Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois. Given that this is a complex area of the law, we take the time and make the effort to properly address all of our clients’ concerns. We will counsel our clients on their best options and what they can do to preserve their interests while ensuring that they comply with state and federal laws.
ARE YOU A CAREGIVER?
As elder law attorneys, we often speak with the family members of people that require assistance with their activities of daily living. They are acting as caregivers, and more and more people will assume this responsibility over the coming years. This is because of a unique demographic trend that is gripping the country at the present time. During the years that immediately followed World War II (1946 to 1964), there were huge numbers of babies born in the United States.
If a loved one of yours has been mistreated, or you are worried about preventing mistreatment, it is important to assert your rights with an experienced elder abuse attorney on your side. Depending on the circumstances, there are options that may be available to you for stopping the treatment, receiving appropriate compensation and holding the responsible parties accountable for such abuse or misconduct.
EMERGENCY MEDICAID AND NURSING HOME PLANNING
In order to grasp the concept of emergency Medicaid and nursing home planning, you have to understand why this program could be relevant to you. After all, you will be a senior citizen if you ever need nursing home care, and you will qualify for Medicare when you reach the age of 65. Plus, Medicaid is for people with very sparse resources, so you would not be able to gain eligibility anyway since you will likely retire comfortably.All of the above may sound logical, but there is a very good reason why a significant percentage of seniors that are enrolled in the Medicare program ultimately seek Medicaid eligibility.
VETERANS PENSION BENEFITS
People that serve in the United States Armed Forces make incredible sacrifices to keep our country free, but as a reward, they can become eligible for some valuable benefits. As elder law attorneys, we advise clients that are looking ahead toward their senior years. If you are an active duty service member, you definitely have the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
The elder law attorneys here at our firm provide estate planning guidance, and we also assist clients that are preparing for end-of-life matters. We can be relied upon to help you map out a strategy that leads to Medicaid eligibility to pay for nursing home care. And when the time comes, hospice care will be the final step along the path.
COPING WITH ALZHEIMER’S
As elder law attorneys, we assist many clients that have family members that have contracted Alzheimer’s disease. Everyone has heard of it, but the extent of the impact is surprising to many people when they start to look into the subject. The Alzheimer’s Association is a fantastic source of information, and they share some very compelling statistics on their website.According to research that they cite, someone contracts Alzheimer’s in the United States every 65 seconds. Approximately 10% of all Americans that are 65 years of age and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
When you are looking ahead toward your retirement years, the anticipation of Medicaid eligibility will be part of the equation. While it is comforting to know that you will have a reliable source of health insurance for the rest of your life, it is important to understand the limitations of the program.