Elder law is an extensive area of law that deals with legal issues you may face later in life, such as long-term care planning, Medicaid eligibility, and retirement benefits. Whether you need advice for yourself or your older family members, it’s important to contact an experienced elder law attorney as soon as possible. Planning ahead and taking action early is key to protecting your rights and interests.
At John Hoffman Law Office, we aim to provide you with holistic services for your various legal needs as you age. Whether you’re looking to draft your last will and testament, budget for your future long-term care, or preserve your eligibility for Medicaid, we can help.
Your estate consists of everything you own, such as cash, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, vehicles, real estate, retirement accounts, insurance policies, and more. Estate planning is the process of planning what will happen with your assets after you become incapacitated or pass away.
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is for everyone and not just for wealthy individuals with big estates. A well-thought-out estate plan can put you in control of your assets and give you peace of mind as you approach your golden years.
Estate planning involves drafting documents such as a last will and testament, a medical power of attorney, a living will, irrevocable living trusts, and more. The process can be complicated, but it needn’t be overwhelming with our estate planning attorneys by your side.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 70% of seniors require long-term care at some point in their lives. Yet, very few retirees have a plan in place. Failing to plan in advance can not only take a serious toll on your finances but may put family caregivers in a difficult position.
Long-term care planning involves more than ensuring you’ll be able to cover your potential expenses. You must also decide:
At John Hoffman Law Office, we can help you set up a comprehensive long-term care plan that works for you, your family, and your budget.
Many seniors in Ohio are under the wrong impression they must spend a large portion of their wealth to meet Medicaid’s asset and income eligibility limits. This isn’t always true. Some assets don’t count for Medicaid purposes, and if you’re married, your healthy spouse can continue to receive your income and keep half of the shared countable assets.
There are other legal strategies you may be able to employ as well. We can analyze your case and suggest appropriate solutions. With our Medicaid planning services, you can achieve and maintain eligibility while preserving a substantial part of your assets.
If you or a loved one have already checked into a nursing home or other long-term care facility, our Medicaid lawyers can recommend suitable crisis measures to quickly protect your family finances from excessive long-term care costs.
Money and health-related challenges often grow bigger as we become older. Fortunately, there are government benefits that can help shoulder your financial burden if you are eligible.
From retirement to disability and veterans benefits, our experienced legal team can advise you on all issues related to pensions and welfare payments. We can help you determine eligibility and maximize your payouts to ensure your financial stability in retirement. Our attorneys can also assist you in applying for benefits or challenging negative decisions.
Do you have a child or family member with a disability or special needs? Their happiness and well-being after you pass away is likely a constant cause of concern. Children and adults with disabilities have unique financial, medical, and personal needs throughout their life, and these often extend beyond the lifetime of their parents or caregivers.
At John Hoffman Law Office, we can help you provide for the long-term needs of your child or family member through legal instruments such as:
Beyond that, our attorneys can counsel you as you make decisions about future care, including where your disabled child or family member will live and who will be responsible for them after your passing. We’ll also advocate for your loved one’s rights and well-being throughout their life.
Elder abuse is widespread in our country, but much of it goes unreported. According to U.S. Census data, over 200,000 senior citizens experience some form of elder abuse in Ohio alone. Yet, the state’s county departments of job and family services reported just 34,000 calls in 2020.
Elder abuse comes in many forms: physical, sexual, mental, or financial. Ohio law defines elder abuse as the infliction of injury, intimidation, unreasonable confinement, or cruel punishment resulting in pain, physical harm, or mental anguish.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered elder abuse, we can help. Our compassionate elder abuse attorneys will investigate your case and advise on next steps. We can help you report the abuse to the county Department of Job and Family Services and provide you with counsel and representation throughout the process.
Your legal needs will evolve naturally as you age, but transitioning into your golden years needn’t be stressful. At John Hoffman Law Office, we can help you navigate the legal challenges of advanced age with confidence and peace of mind.
Our attorneys can advise you on a wide range of elder law matters, including estate planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid eligibility, pension and welfare benefits, elder abuse, and more. Call or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an elder law lawyer in Akron, OH.
John Hoffman Law serves people with legal needs throughout Northeast Ohio in Summit and Medina Counties.
Attorney John Hoffman is ready to help you with estate planning and medicaid planning. Let John Hoffman Law put our experience and diligent legal representation to work for you. Contact us today to learn how John Hoffman Law can help you.