You’ve really enjoyed the best of life in Santa Barbara, CA. The final days should be peaceful and comfortable. At this law firm, we pride ourselves on focusing on families that care about what will happen to their loved ones. Let us help you plan for those dearest to you. You’ll need a Santa Barbara elder law attorney to navigate the uncertain waters to make the right decisions.

When is the Best Time to Consult a Santa Barbara Elder Law Attorney?

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to start working with an elder law attorney before retiring. For most people, this will be in their sixties or seventies. It may be challenging to communicate your ideal medical decisions at this stage, so, in truth, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your future and the inevitable.

Regardless of age, it’s imperative to consult an attorney as soon as possible in the following circumstances:

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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 tailored to your unique needs.

Estate Planning

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. A good elder law attorney will inform you of the many aspects of elder law planning.

Succession for Small Businesses

What would be the point of creating a business to secure generational wealth for your family, only to have business partners or an unskilled child run it into the ground? Create a sustainable long-term plan for your small business. Don’t be afraid to involve your family in the planning.

Asset Protection

Creating wealth is one thing. Preserving a protecting it for generations to come is different. Please speak to one of our asset protection attorneys about the legal process of asset protection.

Retirement Planning

We have great tips on making your retirement savings last longer. If you are in the market for a nursing home or assisted living facility, we can offer guidance on choosing the right choice.

Medicaid/Medi-Cal Long-Term Care Planning

Medicaid applications can be challenging to navigate. A denial can be detrimental to your health and quality of life. Hiring an experienced Medicaid planning attorney significantly reduces your risk of being denied. At Santa Barbara Estate Planning & Elder Law, we know the ins and outs of Medi-cal planning and securing Medi-cal benefits.

Our elder law attorneys can also assist in managing a Medicaid crisis. You can download the Understanding Medi-Cal Guide at this link.

Veteran Benefits Planning

You might be eligible for veterans benefits if you served in the active military, naval, air, or space service. Our specialized elder law attorneys can assist with pre-planning to ensure you’ll be able to qualify. We are grateful for your kindness and proud to assist in getting you the benefits you deserve.

In addition to these services, our team can guide you on elder law issues such as guardianship/conservatorship abuse and special needs planning. Elder law is a vast area of law that encompasses all legal matters 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.

Advance Directives

No one who loves you wants to choose to “pull the plug” if it comes to that. With advance health care directives, you can choose the type of medical care you want and the person you want to make important medical decisions for you while you are still conscious and able to do so. They enable you to ensure your desires are carried out more effectively and protect your loved ones from making hard choices.

Protecting Loved Ones Against Elder Abuse

This is a very serious legal issue. Entrusting nursing homes with the care of loved ones with special needs puts you in a very vulnerable position. Unfortunately, nursing home care facilities do not always operate with integrity. In fact, the World Health Organization has reported that physical abuse forms about 16.5% of reported senior abuse cases. Financial abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse affect our elderly as well.

If your elder loved one has dementia or has other special needs, they are particularly susceptible to abuse. It can be challenging to recognize the signs. You should contact us today if you are suspicious that your loved one is suffering from elder abuse at a nursing home or assisted care facility.

Personalized Care for Santa Barbara Seniors and Their Loved Ones

We will have different needs throughout the different ages and stages of our lives. A single, childless young adult would visit a lawyer for entirely different reasons than a newlywed or an empty nester. The attorneys at the law offices of 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.

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1You Schedule A Call

  • Meet briefly to learn more
  • Understand your specific business needs
  • Determine if we can help

2We Suggest A Solution

  • Know what you’ll spend
  • Know how long it’ll take
  • Know if you & loved ones are eligible

3We Work Together

  • Gather & create your docs
  • Create your plan
  • Provide updates without you even asking

4Enjoy Peace Of Mind

  • Your plan is in place
  • Your family is protected
  • You’re in control
  • We got your back when you need changes

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Frequently Asked Questions Let’s Face It — You Have Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions Let’s Face It — You Have Questions.
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.

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