Elder Law Attorneys
At Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law, our estate planning and Medi-Cal services are designed to help you enjoy your retirement free from financial worry because your later years should truly be golden. With a solid estate plan and Medi-Cal plan in place, you never have to fear you or your spouse will be bankrupted if one of you goes into a nursing home. You can rest assured you’ll get the care you need, that you’ll leave a legacy behind for your loved ones, and that you can pass on your possessions to those you love the most.
Far too many people believe creating an estate plan is just for the wealthy. The fact is, everyone should have a comprehensive estate plan in place and should get help with Medi-Cal planning to protect their assets.
For Caregivers: The job of caring for someone with a physical or mental disability, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the biggest challenges you will ever face. Often, caregivers put their needs on the back-burner, which leads to quickly becoming overwhelmed. Although caring for an aging loved one can be extremely difficult, there are tools available to help caregivers make the right decisions while also taking care of themselves, and an experienced attorney can help you to access those tools through proper legal planning.
Litherland, Kennedy & Associates, APC, Attorneys at Law offers comprehensive, affordable estate planning so you have control over your own future. Whether you have millions in the bank or a small nest egg, our experienced and compassionate San Jose Elder Law Attorneys, geriatric care manager and support team have the knowledge to guide you through the creation of a comprehensive estate and elder care plan.
- Coping with Alzheimer’s
- Are You a Caregiver
- Nursing Home Planning
- Hospice Care
- Medi-Cal Planning
- Veterans Benefits
- Geriatric Care Management
- Life Care Planning Services
Coping with Alzheimer’s
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (or is exhibiting symptoms, such as memory loss), the most common response is to worry. You will worry about getting the right care, how you’re going to pay for high medical or nursing costs, if you are going to lose your assets, how you or your loved one is going to handle the everyday caregiving problems that arise, and much more.
Are You a Caregiver
The job of caring for someone with a physical or mental disability, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the biggest challenges you will ever face. In addition to juggling your own schedule, you are constantly on call, making sure your loved one’s needs are met. In general, caregivers are concerned about ensuring their loved one is properly cared for and receiving the best medical treatment, all without spending down their life savings.
Emergency Medi-Cal & Nursing Home Planning
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is often accompanied by an incredible amount of anxiety and stress. Whether the need for long-term care is brought on by a sudden accident or by a long-term, progressive illness, this is likely an unhappy time for both the person entering the nursing home, the caregiver and everyone else helping with the transition.
There are few areas of our planning that can have more impact on our overall wellbeing than the planning we use to protect ourselves against incapacitating illness and injury. In California, residents are typically advised to ensure that they have a durable power of attorney, living will, and advance health care directive.
If your physician has recommended hospice for you or a family member, you likely have lots of questions concerning such things as how much it costs, how you enroll, and how you can pay for it. Oftentimes, planning for a loved one who has a terminal illness can be complicated and emotionally draining.
Maybe your health is declining or you’ve had a recent “close call” or you’re healthy but are concerned about your family’s history with Alzheimer’s or other illnesses or you’ve seen others have their assets wiped out paying for assisted living or nursing home care…. And you’re worried about who will care for you and how you’ll pay for that care in your later years.
Often, people are surprised to learn, the Veterans Administration (VA) Aid & Attendance Special Care Pension provides monthly aid to wartime veterans, as well as surviving spouses of deceased veterans, who require personal assistance in their activities of daily living, to help them pay for care.
Geriatric Care Management
Many Americans might look at the senior health care system and assume that there are two basic steps in the assisted living process: life at home and life in a nursing home. The reality is that there is so much more to senior care than just moving Mom or Dad out of their own home and into a care facility.
Life Care Planning Services
Whether your loved one is a parent, spouse or special needs loved one . . . whether you live with your loved one, in the next town or across the country . . . dealing with an elderly or disabled loved one can cause countless sleepless nights.