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Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Elder Law

If you are taking care of an aging loved one or you want to prepare for your own future, you may have many questions about elder law. Below, you will find answers to common questions. However, it’s important to speak with an elder law attorney about your unique needs.

At William A. Johnson, P.A., in Melbourne, Florida, we can help. Our lead attorney is a Florida board-certified specialist in elder law – the only lawyer in Brevard County who holds that distinction.

How do I plan for long-term care?

It’s no secret that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can cost a fortune. Planning ahead is a wise way to prepare financially for that possibility. There are many ways to do so – for example, by pursuing long-term care insurance or Medicaid planning. Our attorneys can help you find the right path as part of a well-rounded estate plan that fits your needs and goals.

How can I (or my loved one) become eligible for Medicaid?

Medicaid is a needs-based program, which means that too much income or assets can disqualify you. Fortunately, there are ways to become eligible for Medicaid without draining your life savings. Careful planning can preserve your assets for yourself and your loved ones while still securing the tremendous benefits of Medicaid coverage. Our lawyers can help you find the right tools and strategies for your situation.

Read our free answer book for more information about long-term care and Medicaid planning.

What is a guardianship, and how can I pursue it for an incapacitated loved one?

Caring for an elderly loved one who has become incapacitated – perhaps through Alzheimer’s, dementia or another devastating condition – can be a challenging undertaking. If your loved one didn’t prepare a thorough estate plan to address the possibility of incapacity, you may have to pursue a formal guardianship to become their legally authorized representative.

The guardianship process in Florida is complicated. By working with our legal team, you can benefit from professional guidance and representation at each step of the proceedings.

What are some key estate planning tools for elders?

Estate planning is important at almost every stage in life, especially for seniors. Your estate plan should encompass more than just a will. Other important tools to consider include:

  • Powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Health care surrogate designations
  • Pre-need guardianship designations
  • Trusts

Your estate plan should be carefully tailored to reflect your unique circumstances and wishes. At William A. Johnson, P.A., we can help you put the right tools into place to accomplish your goals.

Get Answers To Your Elder Law Questions

For more answers to your questions about elder law, please reach out to us online or by phone at 321-426-1865. We look forward to learning more about your situation and addressing your concerns in a knowledgeable, caring manner.