Thanks to healthier lifestyles and enhanced medical technology, life expectancies in the U.S. are at an all-time high. But the longer you live, the more likely it becomes that you’ll experience physical or mental challenges and need support with managing your healthcare, money, or personal affairs, and require some form of long-term care.
Hammond Law Group not only guides families through the legal process of conservatorship and guardianship but also offers a full-time Elder Care Coordinator whose role is to support clients through the healthcare, financial, housing, and family challenges that can come with aging, including navigating the maze of long-term care and how to pay for the care that you deserve.
Whether in-home assistance or a long-term nursing home stay, it’s becoming inevitable that most of us will require such care at some point in our lives.
The problem is long-term care is growing more expensive every day. In fact, nearly two-thirds of families will run out of money within the first year or two of moving into a nursing home.
Unfortunately, most private health insurance plans and Medicare don’t cover long-term care costs—which can average $4,000 to $12,000+ per month in the U.S., depending on where you live and what level of care you require.
At Hammond Law Group, we can help you plan for the financial, medical, housing, family, and legal challenges of growing older. Our Colorado Spring elder law attorney can help you develop a comprehensive plan to ensure your wishes and preferences are honored in the future, along with protecting you and your assets if you become incapacitated.
There’s no need to bear the weight alone. Contact us today for a consultation.
What is an Elder Law Attorney?
Elder law attorneys specialize in legal issues affecting seniors and their families, providing guidance and advocacy to help them make informed decisions about their future. We offer support in areas like estate planning, long-term care, guardianship, and more. Some elder law attorneys also employ Elder Care Coordinators to ensure clients’ healthcare and other needs are met.
Elder law can be complicated. It’s not just about paperwork. It’s about understanding your rights, making sure your wishes are respected, and securing your future — or that of a loved one.
An experienced elder law attorney adds value by:
- Simplifying complex legal jargon into understandable terms
- Helping you plan for incapacity
- Assisting with asset protection and financial planning
- Guiding you through Medicaid or other benefit applications
- Providing peace of mind knowing you and your loved ones are legally prepared and secure
At Hammond Law Group, we’re dedicated to helping you make informed decisions that best suit your needs – because everyone deserves dignity, respect, and reassurance when dealing with life’s inevitable challenges.
With our elder law attorneys by your side, you’ll have more than 30 years of legal experience at your disposal, helping you plan for the next chapter.
Comprehensive Elder Law Services in Colorado Springs
We understand just how personal and sensitive elder law matters can be. Our elder law attorneys are here to provide compassionate guidance and comprehensive solutions tailored to meet your needs.
With our services, we aim to empower you with the knowledge and legal tools to protect your assets, ensure your healthcare wishes are honored, and navigate the complexities of aging with confidence. Here’s how we help you.
Estate planning organizes one’s assets and affairs to ensure they are properly managed and distributed upon death or incapacitation.
Our elder law attorneys can help you create a comprehensive estate plan encompassing various legal documents and strategies.
These can include:
- Wills: Wills allow you to specify how your assets and property should be distributed after death.
- Trusts: Like wills, trusts manage and dictate the distribution of assets; however, they offer added benefits like asset protection and probate avoidance.
- Advance Healthcare Directives: Advance healthcare directives allow you to specify your medical treatment preferences and appoint someone to make healthcare decisions.
- Powers of Attorney: Powers of attorney grant authority to a trusted individual to make legal and financial decisions on behalf of the principal. Our lawyers help clients designate powers of attorney, ensuring they select someone reliable and knowledgeable to act in their best interests.
Through personalized estate planning, our elder law attorneys enable seniors to have peace of mind, knowing that their assets will be managed and distributed according to their wishes and their loved ones will be provided for in the most efficient manner possible.
Long-Term Care Planning
Long-term care planning involves preparing for the potential need for extended medical and custodial care as individuals age. It aims to address the financial, legal, and healthcare aspects of long-term care, helping seniors navigate the complexities of Medicaid, Medicare, and other healthcare programs.
Our elder law attorneys offer comprehensive long-term care planning services, which may involve:
Seniors must meet certain asset and income thresholds to qualify for government benefits like Medicaid. Our attorneys employ legal strategies to protect assets while ensuring eligibility for these programs. This may involve the creation of specialized trusts or the conversion of countable assets into exempt ones.
Medicaid is a government program that provides medical assistance to low-income individuals, including seniors requiring long-term care. Our lawyers assist clients in understanding Medicaid regulations, devising strategies to meet eligibility requirements, and navigating the application process effectively.
Nursing Home Contracts and Placement
When long-term care in a nursing home becomes necessary, our attorneys review nursing home contracts to protect the interests of the senior. They ensure the contract is fair, negotiate terms when possible, and provide guidance on selecting appropriate care facilities.
In certain situations, an elderly individual may become incapacitated and unable to make informed decisions regarding personal and financial matters. In such cases, guardianship may be necessary to protect the individual’s interests and well-being.
The court may appoint a legal guardian to make personal and healthcare decisions on behalf of an incapacitated individual. Our lawyers guide families through petitioning for guardianship, ensuring the best interests of the seniors are considered.
Elder Abuse Protection
Elder abuse is a distressing reality many seniors face, from physical abuse to financial exploitation. Our elder law attorneys are committed to protecting vulnerable seniors and addressing elder abuse through legal means.
Our lawyers provide legal support to victims of elder abuse, advocating for their rights and seeking justice on their behalf. We are dedicated to preventing and combatting elder abuse and providing seniors with legal assistance to ensure their safety, dignity, and overall well-being.
Why Our Clients Choose Us
At Hammond Law Group, we are committed to providing compassionate representation in all areas of elder law. We believe elder law is highly specialized, requiring full-time focus and attention. Therefore, we dedicate our practice exclusively to estate planning and related matters.
Unlike some other firms that juggle multiple practice areas, our sole focus is on providing top-notch elder law services. This gives us a distinct advantage in staying up-to-date with legal changes, like the most current strategies for asset protection and other essential aspects of the field.
You’ll find comfort in knowing that your legal matters are handled by professionals who genuinely care about your needs. Choosing Hammond Law Group means choosing peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.
Don’t wait another day to take control of your family’s future. Contact us today for a consultation.