Anoka Elder Law Attorney
Elder Law Cases in Minnesota
Many senior citizens will require some kind of special care as they age, either in their own homes or in a nursing facility for independent, assisted, or continuing care. Many will also require proper planning for their estates. An elder law lawyer may handle issues such as wills, estates, trusts, and much more.
Elder law concerns all kinds of matters that senior citizens might find important, so it is equally important to work with a legal team that is genuinely concerned about your future wellbeing as a senior citizen. Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm in Anoka offers comprehensive and compassionate legal services for locals who need help understanding and utilizing elder law. We would be happy to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to dial (763) 292-2102 at your next opportunity.
Basics of Elder Law
You do not need to look far and wide for a law firm that can handle all aspects of your elder law concerns or case requirements. We have an experienced and eclectic legal team that is capable of managing elder law cases that involve all sorts of topics and laws.
You can depend on our Anoka elder law lawyers if you have a case involving:
- Long-term care planning: One of the best ways to prepare for your golden years is to establish a long-term care plan as part of your estate plan. The high cost of assisted living means that it is crucial that long-term care planning begin sooner rather than later. Personal care, transportation, nutrition, dietary needs, and general day-to-day care in a nursing home are all examples of necessary services with expenses that can add up quickly.
- Public benefits: We can discuss both private and public benefit plans that might be available to you. Understanding what services are covered under programs like Medicare and Medicaid will save you and your family on expenses you’d otherwise pay out of pocket. The elderly waiver program, for instance, allows services that normally occur in a hospital or nursing facility to be provided at home. To assess eligibility, a thorough examination is necessary of your senior loved one’s health, as well as their medical and financial histories.
- Tax and pension planning: Pensions are not as common as they once were. Many retirees have 401(k)s today. If you do have a pension, however, it may be taxed in ways that can vary from state to state. Attorneys experienced in elder law can help you establish the best plan of action for you and your future.
- Guardianship and conservatorship: Elderly guardianship is a court process to appoint a guardian to take care of the physical needs of an individual who cannot easily care for themselves. Elderly conservatorship is where the court appoints a conservator to manage the financial assets for a person who is unable to do so, perhaps due to a newly-onset mental health difficulty like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Both guardianships and conservatorships require a significant amount of court involvement.
- Health care issues and planning: Families can arrange for senior care in the home or in facilities that offer a variety of care options. Many communities offer either assisted living or independent living and even have specialized services such as memory care. The easiest way to transition from the current living situation to an assisted one is to assess what daily activities require help and how often is that help needed. Everyone wants their loved ones to feel like they are at home, and careful planning will aid in ensuring that all parties are satisfied without having to compromise on the necessities.
Abuse & Neglect Cases
We do not like to think it happens, but elder abuse is a real and common problem. Elder abuse can take place in nursing care centers or the individual’s home. Sometimes family caregivers are the source of abuse.
It often goes unnoticed and unreported. Seniors may be afraid or embarrassed to report abuse, so it is up to their loved ones to notice the signs and take action.
Some of the warning signs of elder abuse and neglect include the following:
- Physical abuse like unexplained injuries like bruises, welts, and scars. Worse signs would include sprains, broken bones, broken eyeglasses, signs of physical restraint, and the caregiver not allowing people to spend time alone with the person in their care.
- Emotional abuse may be difficult to spot but may include an overly controlling caregiver who belittles or threatens the senior.
- Sexual abuse can be particularly insidious, and evidence may include bruising and bleeding around or on the genitals, ripped or blood-stained underwear, and genital infections.
- Neglect is made evident by signs of malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, inappropriate clothing for the weather, and even desertion in public places.
- Financial abuse includes stolen money and manipulation of the senior's financial affairs.
- Healthcare abuse can be committed by duplicate billings, over-medicating, under-medicating, and providing inadequate facilities.
Part of our role as your chosen Anoka elder law attorneys will be to assist you however we can when confronted with the possibility of elder abuse and neglect. It might even include filing an injury claim in pursuit of fair compensation.
Take Your Case to the Team That Cares
Our Anoka elder law lawyers really do care about your future and that of your senior loved ones.