When is the Right Time to Consult a Santa Barbara Elder Law Attorney?
Generally speaking, it's a good idea to start working with an elder law attorney upon reaching retirement. For most people, this will be in their sixties or seventies. In truth, it's never too early to start preparing for your future and the inevitable. Regardless of age, it's especially important to consult an attorney as soon as possible in the following circumstances:
- You are seeking early retirement
- You have limited family support
- You wish to protect assets brought into a second marriage
- You want to leave property to step-children or charities
- You are living with a chronic or terminal medical condition
- You and life your partner are unmarried
- You are getting divorced or considering divorce in retirement
- You have been a victim of a financial scam targeted at seniors
- You are exploring senior housing and long-term care facilities
Services Offered by Our Santa Barbara Elder Law Attorney
When you consult our trusted Santa Barbara elder law attorney, you can be sure you're getting legal advice that's tailored to your unique needs.
Estate planning involves more than just drafting a will and setting up a trust fund. An estate planning attorney can help your family avoid the frustrating probate process and save your estate thousands of dollars in taxes.
Medicaid applications can be challenging to navigate. A denial can be detrimental to your health and quality of life. By hiring an experienced Medicaid planning attorney, you significantly reduce your risk of being denied. Our elder law attorneys can also assist in managing a Medicaid crisis.
If you served in the active military, naval, air or space service, you may be eligible for veterans benefits. Our specialized elder law attorneys can assist with pre-planning to ensure you'll be able to qualify. We are grateful for your service and proud to assist in getting you the benefits you deserve.
In addition to these services, our team can provide guidance on other elder law issues such as guardianship/conservatorship abuse, and special needs planning. Elder law is a wide area of law that enxompasses any legal issues affecting elderly people and their loved ones. Our experienced California elder law experts are available and ready to answer questions about the unique challenges facing older residents in California.
Personalized Care for Santa Barbara Seniors and Their Loved Ones
Throughout the different ages and stages of our lives, we will have different needs. A single, childless young adult would be visiting a lawyer for entirely different reasons than a newlywed or an empty nester. The attorneys at Santa Barbara Estate Planning & Elder Law are specially trained to handle the legal issues that typically arise much later in life.
As fierce advocates for the elderly, we are dedicated to safeguarding our clients' independence, dignity and quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Expert Guidance from an Experienced Santa Barbara Elder Law Attorney
How does an elder law attorney differ from a regular lawyer?
Elder law attorneys are dedicated to handling legal matters that typically affect older people. As specialists in this area of law, elder law attorneys are able to provide advice on issues such as long-term care planning, Medicaid planning and the Medicaid application process, as well as VA benefits and estate planning.
What can a Santa Barbara elder law attorney help me with?
In addition to estate planning, our attorneys are able to assist with any legal issue affecting an older person. If you're a senior in the central California area, you may require assistance with the complex Medi-Cal application process or with accessing VA benefits. Maybe you're concerned about being put in a conservatorship or you need advice on your rights as a nursing home resident. By consulting with a member of our team, we can provide personalized assistance based on your unique needs.
How old do I need to be to work with an elder law attorney?
Most people contact an elder law attorney in their sixties, but there is truly no “minimum age.” Growing old is an inevitability and early planning can be beneficial in preserving your quality of life in your later years. A Santa Barbara elder law attorney is also able to advise children and other loved ones of elderly people.