Life Care Planning
Elder Law encompasses the legal issues Senior Citizens typically face. In particular, Burzynski Elder Law assists elders and their families negotiate the long term care maze. Burzynski Elder Law's practice includes:
Long-term care planning is not simply an exercise in which the elder law attorney and the family engage in transferring assets. At all times we promote and maintain the good health, safety, and well-being of our client-elder. To attain this, the highest goal of our planning, from time to time we may put strategies in place to "protect assets from the nursing home." Nonetheless, although asset protection may be a function of the Life Care Plan, it is never the purpose of the Plan.
The Life Care Plan focuses on a holistic approach to the needs of the elder. It places special emphasis on issues surrounding long life. The Life Care Plan connects your concerns about long-term care as you go through the later stages of your life. Whether you seek our services at the Pre-Crisis phase or when you are already in Crisis, we will do our best to help you navigate the long-term care maze.
The Life Care Plan itself is actually a relationship and a planning process with us that changes over time as you and your circumstances change over time. Your Life Care Plan can provide the road map that allows you to follow through to achieve your quality of life and care and long-term care financing goals.
Your Life Care Plan will include the following:
1. Assessment: We work extensively with our clients to analyze the current living situation to assess its viability. We make suggestions on ways to augment the care in order to promote the good health and safety of the elder. We help the client and the family to locate the appropriate type of care, coordinate private and public resources to finance the cost of care and work to ensure the client's right to quality care. The assessment is done by our Nurse Advocate, Barbara Miller, working in conjunction with the attorneys.
2. Asset protection is a critical part of the practice of Elder Law. The cost of long term care (particularly in Naples) can be financially devastating. We can help you determine whether there are ways to protect some or all of an elder person's or couples savings when long term care is needed. Our extensive experience in Elder Law may enable you to preserve most or all of your assets merely by restructuring them.
3. Estate planning, a component of Elder Law, insures that your assets will be distributed to your chosen beneficiaries when you die. Proper planning insures that you will be able to pass the greatest amount to your beneficiaries and pay the least amount of taxes and administrative costs along the way. Estate planning also insures that a smooth transition to your chosen fiduciary can occur should you ever find yourself in a position when you cannot make your own financial and/or healthcare decisions. Estate planning can be accomplished through a variety of vehicles. It is our job to advise you which are the best and most economical vehicles to use, in light of your goals. Sometimes the cost of the estate plan must be balanced against other concerns such as the potential for paying estate taxes. Our experience in Elder Law enables us to balance estate planning concerns in conjunction with long-term care issues.