Elder Law Services

Elder Asset Protection: Our expertise and experience in tax, real property issues, and elder law uniquely qualifies DePinto Law, LLP attorneys to address the myriad of issues that arise with the aging population. Our attorneys specialize in transfers of assets, homestead preservation, Medicaid penalty period planning, and guardianships.

Disability Planning: We are experienced in the creation of trusts for effective disability planning. A trust may be necessary to protect assets for individuals with disabilities who are receiving Medicaid, Social Security Income (SSI) or other government benefits. If they are not currently receiving these benefits, a Special Needs Trust (SNT) may be prudent if they could receive benefits in the future. Ask our attorneys for more information on Third-Party SNTs, Self-Settled SNTs, Court Ordered SNTs and Article 17A Guardianships.

Medicaid: Obtaining approval for Medicaid involves a complicated application and eligibility process which demands the expertise and support of a knowledgeable Elder Law attorney. Our experienced Elder Law attorneys will advise you on the best way to protect your assets and lead you through the complex maze of Medicaid requirements. Our firm also specializes in Fair Hearings, Applications, and Nursing Home Resident Representation.

Powers of Attorney: Our compassionate attorneys will help you understand the importance and value of this critical document. A durable Power of Attorney serves to appoint an agent to act on your behalf in financial or business matters ranging from signing papers, checks, title documents and contracts, to handling bank accounts. A durable Power of Attorney is designated to remain in effect should you become mentally or physically disabled, which is typically when the document is needed most. We will properly draft and execute a durable Power of Attorney which can ensure that, upon incapacity, the court will not have to appoint a guardian or conservator to make your financial decisions. We advise that this vital document be part of every estate plan.

Health Care Proxy: Our attorneys assist in the creation of Health Care Proxies that protect individuals in the event that they can no longer make their own medical decisions. This document will allow you to appoint an agent now who is familiar with your health care preferences. In the event that you are unable to make informed decisions on your own, this agent may make decisions on your behalf regarding medical procedures or treatment. Without a Health Care Proxy, state law will govern such personal decisions.

Living Will: Speaking with the attorneys at DePinto Law, LLP about drafting your Living Will is a kind gesture that may help your family avoid a burdensome decision. This document will specify whether you wish your life to be prolonged by artificial means if you become terminally ill or fall into a permanent vegetative state. A Living Will helps alleviate the emotional trauma faced by family members in making a difficult decision when a loved one’s condition becomes terminal.