While it can be difficult to consider, it is a reality that we all grow older. There are currently over 47 million Americans over the age of 65, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that over the next 40 years, that number will more than double to over 98 million. The elderly will account for nearly a quarter of the population at that time, and as they age, they will face some specific and unique challenges. Health problems and reduced mobility plague many older people, leading to concerns about their care and their finances.
As part of Law Office of Nancy L Roberts PLLC, elder law attorney Nancy Roberts understands these needs and how to meet them most effectively. Whether a sudden change has left your family scrambling to organize things for a loved one or you are simply ready to consider your own later years, Nancy is here to help. Call our Charlotte office or take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from our legal team.
What Is Elder Law?
Elder law is a specific area of law that addresses the issues and options unique to the aging population. An elder law attorney handles a wide range of legal, financial, medical, and personal matters for the elderly and their families. As such, Nancy Roberts is dedicated to providing her clients with comprehensive and personal service in:
- Estate planning
- Medicaid benefits planning
- Long-term care planning
- Asset protection
Elder law cases can be complex, as they involve coordinating many different benefits in a way that can be useful for any number of future situations. Additionally, many of the most effective plans take advantage of government programs—which while helpful—can be tedious and confusing.
Financial and Healthcare Concerns Addressed by Our Charlotte Elder Law Attorney
Many clients visit our Ballantyne office with similar concerns. They know as they age they will likely face medical issues that may inhibit their abilities to take care of themselves. They worry about the cost of medical appointments and nursing home care, and they fear a time when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. At times, a sudden change in the life of a loved one has left family members facing these issues emergently. These are important matters. Individuals and families need peace of mind that their finances will be able to sustain them and that a plan is in place for the future.
Nancy Roberts understands these challenges, and she has worked with many families to carefully formulate a plan that will preserve and protect assets to ensure the safety and stability of loved ones as they age. As part of her elder law services, Nancy works together with clients to:
- Analyze long-term care. Elder law is more than just creating documents. Nancy looks at the entire picture of your life to make sure that you are able to meet your individual goals for many years to come. While no one can predict the future, Nancy and her team can help you consider likely possible scenarios and find the most effective ways to address them, both personally and financially.
- Consider and prepare for enrollment in Medicaid and other government programs. While Medicaid has specific advantages for the elderly, it also has rules that must be followed and specific income guidelines. There are legal and effective ways to protect assets and still retain eligibility for these important, cost effective programs. It is vital to get started as soon as possible, however, as some programs consider your finances from previous years.
- Obtain sufficient powers of attorney early. It is crucial to have comprehensive powers of attorney in place before you or your loved one is no longer able to make decisions about medical care and finances. Without the appropriate documents, your family will have to sue you and have you declared incompetent if you get to a point where you can't make your own medical or financial decisions. Implementing the right power of attorney today can avoid this and ease the burden on your family when it is time to make important decisions later. Nancy will thoughtfully guide you through the process and draft a plan that will make your wishes clear and give your family the flexibility to make the best decisions for you later.
Comprehensive and Compassionate Representation for the Elderly in Carolina
Elder law aims to protect and preserve the rights of the aging population. Offering personalized, meaningful advice and effective legal tools, Nancy Roberts and the team at Law Office of Nancy L Roberts PLLC are ready to help your family ensure that you and your loved ones are able to live the later years of your lives with stability and confidence. If you are ready to consider your own future, or if you need help with a sudden change for a loved one, reach out to Nancy Roberts today. Call our Charlotte office, or fill out the contact form on this page. You will receive a prompt response from a member of our team who can get you started on this important journey.