Elder Law in Wisconsin
There are many legal uncertainties that impact the care and well-being of the elderly and their families. Our elder law attorneys are dedicated to providing solutions and developing powerful actions to resolve these complex issues. We also believe it is essential to engage in clear and simple communication, allowing us to understand your situation and goals.
Our elder law attorneys have successfully handled issues relating to the following areas:
- Nursing home placement
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
- Special needs trusts
- Guardianships and conservatorships
- Medical directives
- Elder abuse
- Other elder law issues
Nursing Home Placements
The process of a nursing home plan is the formulation of a plan that provides for a loved one’s nursing home care while reserving their assets for either their spouse’s use or their beneficiaries’ inheritance.
Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income children, seniors and people with disabilities. In addition, it covers care in a nursing home for those who qualify.
Medicare is the federal government’s principal health care insurance program for people 65 years of age and over. Coordination of Medicare and Medicaid benefits is very important when a loved one is faced with the need for nursing home care.
Special Needs Trusts (Supplemental Needs Trusts)
Supplemental needs trusts allow a disabled beneficiary to receive gifts, lawsuit settlements, inheritances, or other funds without losing eligibility for certain government programs which may pay for their nursing home care. When creating special needs or supplemental needs trusts, it is essential that the trust is drafted so that the funds will not be considered to belong to the beneficiary in determining eligibility for public benefits.
If you are unable to make health care decisions for yourself, you can designate someone to make those decisions for you with a Power of Attorney for Health Care. You can also give instructions to your health care provider, through a living will, to withdraw life support if you are terminally ill or in a vegetative state.
Our elder law attorneys can discuss the legal options available to you if you or someone you love is the victim of physical, emotional or financial abuse, as well as assist you with obtaining access to resources and support.