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Wheaton Elder Law Attorneys

Wheaton Elder Law Attorneys

Law Firm For Medicaid Planning and Powers of Attorney in DuPage County

No matter your age, it is important to have a plan in place that will provide for your family in the event of your death. While it is essential to have a last will and testament in place that specifies how your property will be distributed among your heirs, another key part of estate planning involves determining how to ensure you will receive proper care as you near the end of your life.

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our elder law attorneys can help you understand the best ways to manage your end of life care and ensure you are able to protect your assets and avoid financial difficulties for you or your family members.

Planning for End of Life Care

As you reach an advanced age, the need for long term medical care increases, and many elderly people receive some form of care either in their home or as a resident of an assisted living facility. In order to make sure your wishes regarding the care you receive are carried out correctly, you should be sure to establish durable power of attorney for health care, naming an agent who will be able to make arrangements for your care if you should ever become injured, ill, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself.

Having the financial resources in place to pay for end of life care is another important aspect of elder law. A living trust can protect certain assets that you plan to distribute to your heirs, while also setting aside funds that can be used to provide for your needs. In addition, you may be eligible for other benefits, including:

  • Public needs-based assistance - Many elderly people are eligible for Social Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, depending on the financial resources available to them. Our attorneys can help you apply for Medicaid benefits, and if you are denied benefits, we can help you appeal this decision. We can also help you plan for Medicaid eligibility by establishing a Medicaid payback trust or OBRA special needs trust, which will allow you to protect your existing financial assets while maintaining eligibility for public benefits.
  • Benefits for veterans and surviving widows - If you receive a VA pension, you may also be eligible for payments that cover end of life medical care. These payments include Aid & Attendance for those who live in a nursing home or need assistance with the functions of everyday life or Housebound payments for those who remain confined to their immediate premises most of the time because of a disability or impairment. We can work with you to help complete the process of applying for these benefits.

Experienced Guidance in Elder Law

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., we know the importance of planning for your elder years and how the decisions you make during this process can have a major effect on both your quality of life and your family's financial security. Our experienced elder law attorneys will help you understand the issues you need to address and create a plan that will meet your needs and protect your assets, providing peace of mind for you and your family as you enter your golden years. Contact our Wheaton law office at 630-653-9400 to schedule an initial consultation.

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