Texas Elder Law Scenarios
Individuals and families can find themselves requiring the skilled assistance of an elder law and estate planning attorney for any number of reasons. At Wright Abshire, we represent clients who are planning well into the future as well as those who must respond to sudden changes in circumstances. We have helped families in a range of elder planning scenarios. We are here to help your family identify when you might benefit from the assistance of our legal services.
One Scenario: Assisting an Elderly Parent Who Requires Around-the-Clock Care
If you have an aging parent who is currently independent but will require constant care, for example in a nursing home, we can assist with planning matters and determine which benefits he or she may be eligible for.
In addition to determining Medicaid eligibility, we can identify other benefits a parent may be able to collect.
If a comprehensive estate plan is not already in place, we can prepare durable power of attorney documents in addition to other planning documents to avoid guardianship in the event of future incapacitation. We know the value of careful planning and work to allow our clients to avoid the uncertainty that can come with guardianship issues and complex probate cases.
Another Scenario: Planning for the Care of a Disabled Child
If you are the parent or guardian of a child who is disabled or has other special needs, careful planning is required to ensure that he or she receives every possible benefit. Since such children may require substantial medical care in addition to enhanced living necessities, we can devise a plan that allows your child to receive government benefits like Medicaid as well as financial assistance from you.
By setting up a special needs trust, you can contribute financially to your child’s care without jeopardizing benefits for Social Security, Section 8 housing and other government programs. We will assess your options and implement a successful long-term care plan to give your child the care he or she needs and to provide you with peace of mind.