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Elder Law and Estate Planning

Why Hire An Elder Law Attorney?

Attorneys who primarily work with the elderly help clients prepare for long term care and for incapacity.  They assist clients to try to protect their income, life-long savings, and home for the healthy.

The Essential Estate Planning Documents

Estate planning is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your property and health care wishes are honored, and that your loved ones are provided for in your absence. 
 
Estate Planning

 

Estate planning is one of the most important steps a person can take

to make sure that their property and health care wishes are honored, and that their loved ones are provided for in their absence.   It involves both planning for management of your assets during your life and for passing your property on to your children or other heirs after your death, with as few taxes, costs and headaches as possible. 

 


Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise,  help your family avoid potential probate court expenses, delays and the uncertainties of tough decisions when you have passed away or become incapacitated.  


The Law Office of Stephanie Konarski can help you create a comprehensive legal estate plan designed to: 

• Carry out your wishes about who will receive your property and assets and how they will receive them after your death. 

• Ensure that your assets are transferred to those persons you want to have them. 

• Avoid the time and cost of the probate process, when appropriate.

• Preserve and protect assets in the event a family member requires long term care or nursing home care in the future,  is receiving public benefits, is a minor, has creditors, is facing a divorce, has a substance abuse problem, etc.  

• Minimize or, in some cases, eliminate a likely inheritance or estate tax upon death. 

• Set forth the kinds of life-prolonging medical care you wish to receive should you be unable to make your wishes known when the time comes. 

• Set forth the kind of funeral arrangements you would like and how related expenses are to be paid. 

• Provide a trusted guardian for minor children.

• Maintain financial health during incapacity.


Understanding the estate planning options that are right for you can be a complex undertaking.  The Law Office of Stephanie Konarski can help you identify your estate planning needs, recognize potential solutions and implement a comprehensive estate plan that best serves your interests.  


It’s never too early or too late to develop a comprehensive estate plan.  Please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation to review your current documents or to put an estate plan to work for you.

 
Why Hire An Elder Law Attorney?

One of the most common phone calls I receive in my practice is from a panicked spouse who says, “What can I do?  My spouse has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  How am I going to pay for his health care needs? Am I going to lose my home?  Am I going to lose EVERYTHING?”    

This couple has worked hard all their lives. They are frugal. They live on two Social Security checks, his modest pension and minimal investments.  They have no mortgage. They pay their bills and enjoy simple luxuries – that is, until the out-of-pocket expenses of long term care begins to drain their life savings.

 
Elder Law

The term Elder Law refers to the client to be served, rather than the area of practice.  The senior client has unique financial, physical and emotional concerns that demand the highest level of service and lasting solutions. Elder law attorneys focus on the legal needs of seniors and work with a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the specific goals and objectives of the senior client.

The Law Office of Stephanie Konarski understands that seniors and their families have unique concerns that require personalized solutions.  We can help you and your family face a complex set of legal issues and develop a comprehensive plan tailored to meet your needs and concerns in such areas as:

 
Testimonials

The Law Office of Stephanie Konarski was sensitive to the needs of both me and my family.  She took the time to answer every question and provided support and professionalism beyond our expectations.

Beatrice Saracino
 
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