Winter Park Elder Law Attorneys
“Elder law” is a term that refers to the wide range of legal matters that relate to the aging population in the United States. Age has the potential to present many new issues, from protecting your finances in retirement to new medical problems to long-term planning, and more. Many of these issues can be sensitive and personal matters though addressing them as soon as possible can increase the chances for a favorable resolution and reducing the risk of future legal issues.
Since 1999, The Law Offices of Aubrey Harry Ducker, Jr, P.L.C., has guided clients through a wide range of elder law matters. From our office in Winter Park, Florida, we help our clients with a variety of family law and elder law matters. Our clients include:
- Senior citizens needing to plan their own financial and medical futures
- Children of parents who are no longer competent to make their own decisions
- The designated personal representative of an estate
Our firm is happy to answer your questions and to provide creative guidance based on our years of elder law experience. Our Winter Park elder law attorney provides individualized service and is able to meet with you at our office, or another location that may be more convenient for you and your situation.
Helping You Keep Control of Your Assets — Winter Park Medicaid Planning Attorney
It is never comfortable to think about the possibility of serious medical conditions developing as you age. However, both mental and physical medical issues can arise suddenly and you or your loved one may face the extensive costs of emergency or even long-term treatment. Treatment may include surgeries and hospitalization and many medical issues can prevent an older individual from living independently. Long-term care in nursing homes or other assisted living facilities can be costly and can quickly deplete a person’s hard-earned assets. In addition, the individual’s options for income may be limited and they can experience significant financial hardship.
Fortunately, there are many ways to plan ahead to protect an older adult’s finances while ensuring they receive high-quality medical care. The legal tools that are appropriate for you or your loved one will depend on the circumstances of your individual situation and an experienced elder law attorney can evaluate your situation and determine the best planning strategy for you.
Too often, we see clients in crisis who failed to take the relatively easy and relatively inexpensive steps necessary to plan ahead for their financial and medical future. At The Law Offices of Aubrey Harry Ducker, Jr., P.L.C., we use our elder law experience to help clients with any or all of the following:
- Planning for long-term care
- Determining Medicaid eligibility and planning asset spend-downs
- Creating a living will, advance health care directive or care plan
- Creating a durable power of attorney
- Preserving assets for heirs through wills and trusts
- Updating an existing will
- Creating or challenging adult guardianships
You can find answers to some of your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Assistance With Guardianships
In some situations, an older adult may need additional assistance even if they properly planned for their financial and medical future. Certain mental and physical illnesses or injuries can render a person unable to make their own decisions regarding their finances or medical care. In such a situation, it may be necessary to set up a guardianship. In order to legally take over your loved one’s decisions, a court must determine that they are temporarily or permanently incapacitated and must assign the guardianship. An experienced attorney can help with the process so that you can ensure your loved one and their affairs are properly cared for.
Sometimes, however, a family member may try to obtain a guardianship over you while you are still capable of making your decisions. Family members may be trying to take control out of genuine yet misplaced concern or even for self-serving reasons. In either case, you have the right to challenge the requested guardianship by proving to the court that you still have the capacity to make your own decisions. This can be complicated, however, and guardianship challenges can require evidence from experts and information that can get very personal. Our office has the resources and knowledge you need to successfully challenge an unwarranted guardianship. We can suggest any other less drastic ways that family members can provide assistance without a full guardianship.
Whether you are an older adult or a family member of an older adult, we can help address your concerns regarding guardianship or any other elder law matter.
Contact Our Winter Park Elder Care Attorneys
We take pride in our ability to craft creative solutions for each client’s unique situation. We welcome your inquiry about any type of elder law question and will use all the tools at our disposal to help. Please contact our Orange County law firm today for a flat-rate consultation with an Winter Park elder law attorney. We are happy to meet with you either at our offices or the location of your choice.