Elder Law FAQ

As individuals start to age, they and their families begin to have more and more questions about elder law, estate planning and other topics related to end-of-life care and quality of life. At The Elder & Disability Advocacy Firm of Christine A. Alsop, LLC, our team is ready to come alongside you and help you through the process of preparing for the future. We make sure that you have a comprehensive estate plan and all legal vehicles in place that will carry out your wishes as you age and after you have become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions.

If you or a loved one is seeking to start this process, please contact our law offices today at 314-644-3200 or toll free at 800-578-0384.

Some of the most common questions that we receive regarding elder law include:

Will I Qualify For Medicaid?

Medicaid planning can be complicated and overwhelming for most people. Far too often, people don’t have a good idea of how they are going to fund their end-of-life care, and they fear that they will be unable to qualify for Medicaid.

Our attorneys can provide you with a clear understanding of the steps you should take to plan for Medicaid eligibility. Our solutions are always tailored to your specific situation and needs.

To qualify for Medicaid, you must have no more than a set limit of income and assets. If you exceed this limit, you could be blocked from receiving the benefits. You can still qualify through advance planning, however. This includes passing assets on to loved ones, paying for end-of-life and funeral expenses in advance, and structuring your assets to protect yourself.

It is important that you have qualified legal guidance during this process as there are specific rules and regulations in place regarding transferring assets or deferring income. Our lawyers can give you the answers and solutions you need.

How Do I Set Up A Guardianship For A Loved One?

As your loved one ages, there are legal steps that you can take to create a guardianship for the individual. This will name one person as guardian, granting authority to make medical, financial and legal decisions on behalf of the aging individual. This is particularly important as the elderly person’s health, memory or mental capacity dwindles.

Our attorneys can walk you through the process of creating a guardianship that meets the needs of your loved one and protects his or her interests.

What Kind Of Documents Do I Need To Give Directions For End-Of-Life Care?

Before you get to the later years of your life, you can take proactive steps to dictate your specific wishes for medical care, as well as financial or legal decisions. Our lawyers will provide you with the services you need to create medical directives and establish powers of attorney, or individuals you name to make decisions on your behalf, should you become incapacitated.

Our process provides peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out exactly as you had intended.