Elder Law / Estate Planning Law
At O’Brien law, we are advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. We handle a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person, including issues related to health care, long term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and other important matters.
We are equipped to handle the sensitive emotional and physical needs of older or disabled adults, and are therefore able to handle a variety of challenging situations.
How Can O’Brien Law Help Me?
We can help with any one of the following:
- Discuss the importance of wills and estate planning, including planning for a minor or adult with special needs, probate proceedings, and other matters.
- Create a durable power of attorney.
- Provide help with health care and planning, including long term care options, patient rights, Medicare, and health care power of attorney.
- Financial representation: financial planning, housing, income, estate, and gift tax matters.
- Guardianship: help with the selection and appointment of a legal guardian.
- Help locate long term care facilities and manage assisted living cost.
- Explain nursing home resident rights and help file nursing home claims.
- Draft a living will or other directives, including a durable power of attorney and long term planning documents.
How do we bill for our services?
In some cases, we charge a predetermined retainer based on the type of work, such as review and signing of documents, filing of tax returns, and will preparation. In more complex or specialized cases, we will have an hourly charge.
What Questions Should I Ask an Elder Law Attorney?
Here are some questions you should ask:
- How long have you been practicing law?
- What percentage of your time is devoted to elder law?
- Do you have a particular emphasis on a certain area within elder law?
- What information should I prepare for our first meeting?
- How are your fees computed?