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Elder Law

Have a plan in place for you and your loved ones

Elder Law

One of the most demanding aspects of Springfield Elder Law is determining when an individual is incapable of making decisions for themselves. Unfortunately, loved ones can get caught up in the middle and may feel conscious-stricken for taking away an elderly loved one’s independence, or be in conflict about what to do next.
At the Law Offices of BJ Richardson, LLC, we are sensitive to these concerns and will bring clarity to the situation whether you are taking precautionary steps for your own care as a senior, or if you are trying to cope with caring for an aging loved one. We will work one-to-one with you to get a handle on your situation and find a suitable resolution.


What Is Elder Law?

It’s a question we hear frequently. The term “elder law” embraces various aspects of law. The elder population has increased substantially, and increasingly attorneys have identified certain legal issues that the elderly face. Essentially, elder law is a definitive sector of law directed towards the legal needs of the elderly, and those with special needs. Our comprehensive team of experts will address your general estate planning concerns while also advising you on readying for disability and long-term care requirements, including nursing home care. In addition, you will be informed about various assistance programs such as medicaid, veteran benefits, and various other government programs that may help you with long-term care and professional nursing care.


What We Do As Your Elder Law Attorney?

As attorneys who work in the field of elder law, we have unique knowledge of the senior population and their specific needs along with the theories associated with competence and aging. Being aware of the physical and mental problems that oftentimes come with the aging process is crucial. Due to our broad knowledge base, we can aptly address the legal needs of our clients.
For instance, when it comes to estate planning, an elder law attorney will consider health, the possibility of nursing home care, and the desires and considerations of all concerned if the situation were to occur. Other realms of expertise in elderly law include the financial sphere. For example, questions like who will manage your affairs, if you become incapable, and how to establish authority are among the many questions that will have to be settled. Another area is the domicile. Is it suitable? Are you able to do the basic household things that constitute a certain quality of life?
Probably the most crucial is healthcare. Have you come to any decisions about end of life care and have you designated someone to communicate your decisions on your behalf if you are unable to? If you are required to move from your home into assisted living, how will it be paid for? Will Medicare be enough? How about
Medicaid or VA benefits, how does it all come together?
In fact, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior-Services, DHSS, examines neglect, maltreatment, and exploitation of vulnerable individuals aged 60 and over counting individuals with disabilities between 18 and 59. These questions and many more are vital and they have numerous implications. An elder lawyer is the professional who can guide you through these issues.


There Are Solutions!

Our firm will work directly with you. We will be with you every step of the way and help you deal with the matters that are most important to you. Our Springfield elder law department will consider what is best for you and take all of your wishes into consideration including social, family, financial, medical, and legal issues. Complete comprehension of the ins-and-outs of elder law are crucial for planning your future or that of a loved one. The Law Offices of BJ Richardson, LLC has the experience and all-embracing approach to assure that you can confidently take care of your future today.

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Learn more about MO HealthNet

This is the Medicaid program in the Missouri area. This coverage will provide you health insurance. You can take advantage of it if you are low income, disabled, or over the age of 65. If you are too confused to try to discover for what you are eligible, bring us your personal information for our patient team will go through it with you.

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Do you have a family member with special needs? 

When you have a child or other family member with special needs, the thought of what will happen to them after you are gone can be debilitating; that is, until you get a legal plan in place. Make sure that all your wishes are outlined ahead of time so that they are assured of the best quality of life.