Pittsburgh Elder Law Attorney
From estate planning to securing benefits and long-term care, we understand elder law.
Very Law attorneys work within the elder law sector because, as our friends and family members in the Pittsburgh area live longer, we recognize the need for increased elder law services specifically for the elderly and relating areas they need professional help with. This specialized area of the law covers increasingly complex state and federal laws and regulations which are often too cumbersome for individuals to tackle on their own.
When ensuring the highest level of care and security later in life is a priority for you or a loved one, trust our elder care team to deliver the care, compassion, and experience to make the journey easier.
- Estate planning
- Powers of attorney
- Nursing home debt collection
- Long-term care
- Filial responsibility
Every experienced elder law attorney at our law firm understands that ensuring the highest level of care and security later in life is a priority for you or an elderly loved one. You can trust our elder care team to deliver the care, compassion, and experience to make the journey easier.
Our Elder Law Practice Areas
We understand that every person’s estate plan for how to manage their assets in the event of incapacitation or death is going to be unique. Only you understand how you would like your legacy preserved or assets distributed. We will work closely with you to create an estate plan that will reflect your unique wishes and protect your estate. Without this estate plan, the laws of the State of Pennsylvania decide how assets are distributed.
When you’re preparing your will, it’s incredibly important that your will is legally viable to ensure that everything you’ve worked for and have in this life will pass to your loved ones. We help you create documents that will make sure your final wishes are honored, not disputed, during the probate process.
Our elder law attorneys assist with the creation of trusts. Trusts are powerful legal and financial tools meant to help manage and protect your assets. By having a trustee you select to oversee the assets according to the terms you define in said trust, you’re in control. We will help create a trust by talking with you and addressing any concerns you might have regarding your family’s future and your estate.
Powers of attorney
This can be one of the most important decisions to make when getting older. You need to designate a trustworthy individual that will have the ability to act on your behalf when the terms specified are in effect. These terms may specify that powers of attorney only become effective when specific conditions are met, such as incapacitation or inability to make decisions. We will work with you to decide the best options for your needs, as they will be able to make choices for you in matters dealing with finance and healthcare. Working with our Very Law attorneys can help make sure that your decisions will be protected and respected once you can no longer make them for yourself.
Nursing home debt collection
Finding yourself in a situation where your nursing home is trying to collect on debt can be quite confusing and stressful. Our clients look to us to advocate on their behalf and find fair solutions when this happens.
A very real possibility for the elderly of our country is spending some of your golden years in someone else’s care. The importance in planning ahead cannot be overstated. Our Pittsburgh, PA lawyers will guide you through your long term care planning choices and help you make an informed decision that aligns with your care preferences and financial circumstances.
In certain states, including Pennsylvania, children can be held responsible for their parents’ long term care costs. Many of our clients are working with us to avoid problems for their descendants, so having a clear understanding of these laws and their outcomes is something we help our clients prepare for.
Why Do You Need a Pittsburgh Elder Law Attorney?
Below are a few more areas where it would be beneficial to hire a Pittsburgh elder law attorney from Very Law.
Medicaid and Medicare Appeals
We know that many of our elders rely on Medicaid and Medicare to help pay for their health care needs. If there are ever any issues or disputes, one of our attorneys can assist in navigating this process. We work to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Social Security Disability
Falls can become more serious as we age. Whether it is due to a fall or other reason, if our elderly become disabled, they may need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. A Very Law lawyer is knowledgeable in such applications and appeals and can provide guidance.
Probate and Estate Administration
One aspect that is helpful for our clients is presiding over probate (validating the will, paying of debts/taxes, and distributing remaining assets) or estate administration (this includes distributing probate assets, non-probate assets that have designated beneficiaries like life insurance policies and retirement accounts, and settling all of our client’s affairs). Since we have often worked with our elder law clients for months or years, we feel our presiding over this process to be appropriate due to our help and understanding in preparing all of the documents that led to this process. With our assistance, you can rest easy knowing we’ve distributed all assets according to your wishes.
Why Very Law?
It can be tough trying to figure out which law firm in Pittsburgh to hire when deciding on an attorney for yourself or an elderly family member. Since 2015, Very Law has gone the extra mile for their clients while asking “how can we help?” The Very Law team genuinely cares about their clients and want to do the best they can for everyone.
The Pittsburgh elder law attorneys at the Very Law office understand the growing need for specialized elder law services. Our expertise covers complex state and federal law and we ensure individuals receive complete and proper care later in life. We offer multiple services directed specifically towards our elder clients (or their families) that include estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, nursing home debt collection, long-term care, and filial responsibility planning.
Very Law's caring team works closely with our elder law clients to tailor plans to their unique needs, protecting assets and honoring final wishes. Entrusting anyone with the care and financial well-being of yourself or your elder loved one can be harrowing. Rest assured, as attorneys we know the law, but we also know how to treat our clients.
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