Elder Law

People are living longer than ever before. Life expectancy has increased from 65.6 years (for men) and 71.1 years (for women) in 1950, to 70 years (for men) and 77 years (for women) in 1980, to 76 years (for men) and 81 (for women) in 2011. With longer lives comes the need to plan for more years. The need for long-term care at some point is likely. Arden Besunder P.C. can help you confront and answer questions raised as you or your parents transition into this stage of life. The goal of our Elder Law planning is to both preserve your assets as well as navigate a seemingly overwhelming process at any stage. We can tailor an individual plan for each client to protect their assets while planning for long-term care, either through insurance plans or Medicaid. And, if and when long-term care is inevitable, we can assist you in obtaining Medicaid to help pay for all or part of the long-term care expenses. We can also help you assess various logistical options for obtaining and overseeing care in the home. Advance planning is always a preferred method, but we can help you even in a time of crisis.

We regularly advise clients and their families on a range of issues impacting seniors and individuals with disabilities and special needs, ranging from health care, financial planning, home care assistance, and long-term needs. Elder law also involves other areas of the law such as contract law, health care insurance regulations, Public Health Law, Mental Hygiene Law, the Internal Revenue Code, and state and local tax issues.

The issues involved in elder law are always fact specific and personal to the individual client. No two clients have the exact same set of facts, and what works for one client may be completely inappropriate for another. We provide our clients with a comprehensive and personalized overview and assessment of their legal needs. Because “elder law” is constantly changing and evolving, we stay at the cutting-edge by continuing to be informed of the latest developments, attending seminars, and staying apprised of the latest changes to legislation and cases decided by the courts. We also offer free seminars on these and other topics to community organizations and assisted living facilities.