Atlanta Elder Law Lawyers

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What Is An Elder Law Attorney?

An elder care attorney helps seniors with legal issues related to getting older. 

They make sure:

  • seniors’ rights are protected
  • their money and property are safe
  • they have plans for their care as they age

Our senior care attorneys will help with:

  • setting up wills and estate plans
  • deciding who can make decisions for them if they can’t
  • getting government benefits like Medicaid 

They protect seniors and their families from legal problems that come with aging.

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What Does An Elder Law Attorney Do In Atlanta?

An elder law attorney specializes in helping older adults and their families with legal issues related to aging. 

Lawyers for the elderly focus on areas like:

  1. Estate Planning: Helping people write wills and set up trusts to manage their assets.
  2. Advance Directives. Creating documents that outline medical care preferences and appoint decision-makers if someone can’t make their own decisions.
  3. Medicaid Planning. Advising on how to qualify for Medicaid, which can help pay for long-term care costs.
  4. Long-term Care Planning. Offering guidance on options for care as people age, such as nursing homes or in-home care, and how to pay for these services.
  5. Guardianship. Helping set up legal arrangements for someone to make decisions for another person who can’t make decisions themselves.
  6. Elder Abuse Protection. Working to protect older adults from physical, emotional, or financial abuse.
  7. Special Needs Trusts. Setting up trusts to ensure elderly individuals with disabilities have the financial resources they need.

In simple terms, Atlanta elder law attorneys:

  • help ensure that older adults’ legal and financial affairs are in order
  • protect their rights
  • make plans for their care and well-being as they age

Testimonials From Others In Riverdale

Herbie J.

“The team at Hive is always proactive, they stay on top of things, and are very thorough. They took the time to explain all my options, asking questions on things I had not considered, helping to make the best decisions for me.”

Ethan B.

“I had a wonderful experience working with Shawn and Melissa! They were both extremely patient with me through the entire process. Even when I didn’t fully understand, they took the time to thoroughly explain all the details of my situation to ensure I got the best outcome possible. I will not be using anybody else from now on!”

Hannah B.

“I was so impressed with their professionalism and clear and prompt communication that I decided to use their estate planning services as well.”

When Should I Hire An Elder Law Attorney?

You might want to hire an elder law attorney in situations like these:

  1. Estate Distribution Planning. Ensure your belongings go to the right people after you pass away. An elder care attorney helps create a clear plan for distributing your estate.
  2. Advance Health Care Directives. Create a plan for handling medical decisions if you’re incapacitated. This way, doctors follow your wishes. And you don’t get treatments you want to avoid.
  3. Long-Term Care Financial Planning. Figure out how to afford daily assistance or nursing care without draining your savings. Our senior care attorneys can guide you through your options.
  4. Qualifying for Medicaid. Learn how to apply for government assistance to cover long-term care costs while keeping your savings intact. Our attorneys can navigate the rules for you (so you don’t have to pay that money back).
  5. Planning For Incapacity. Set up legal arrangements for someone else to make decisions about your health and finances if you can’t make them yourself.
  6. Managing a Progressive Illness. Develop a strategy for care and legal matters if diagnosed with a condition like Alzheimer’s. An attorney helps ensure your needs are met.
  7. Asset Protection. Safeguard your money and property for future generations. An attorney can show you legal ways to protect assets while still qualifying for government aid.
  8. Protecting Against Elder Abuse. Take action if you or a loved one is experiencing abuse or fraud. An attorney can help protect you and seek justice.
  9. Special Needs Trusts. Ensure a loved one with special needs is financially secure without losing public benefits. An attorney can set up the right kind of trust to take care of them.

Talking to an elder care attorney in these situations can really help. 

We make sure everything is set up right for you and your family.

How Much Do Atlanta Elder Law Attorneys Charge?

Atlanta elder care attorneys will either charge you by:

  • Flat Rate: For things like trusts, wills, advance directives, etc. 
  • Hourly: For things like elder care abuse, managing progressive illness, etc. 

Here is a breakdown of how much elder law attorneys charge in Atlanta.

Hourly rates for elder care attorneys range from $350 – $600 per hour. 

Here are some ranges you can expect for the Flat Rate services: 

  • Estate Plans: $1,400 – 1,600 (A Will, Medical POA, and Financial POA)
  • Trusts: $2,750 – $5,500 (Trust, Deed Transfer, Will, Financial POA, and Medical POA)

What Elder Care Attorney Services Include

We just went over the core components of what elder care is. 

But, what gets included in your elder care plan? 

And what are your options on things that you can do?  

Everyone’s elder care plan is unique. 

Let’s break down what you actually need for your planning. 

This will give you clarity on what each tool for elder law planning does. 

  • Estate Planning: They help you plan who gets your assets, like your house, money, and personal items, after you pass away.
  • Healthcare Directives: They assist in setting up documents that say what medical treatment you want or don’t want if you can’t speak for yourself.
  • Power of Attorney: They prepare documents that let someone you trust manage your money and legal matters if you’re unable to do so.
  • Medicaid Planning: They guide you through the process of applying for Medicaid. This helps cover the costs of long-term care without losing all your savings.
  • Guardianship: If you or a loved one can’t make decisions, they can set up a legal way for someone else to do it.
  • Long-Term Care Planning: They discuss options for your care as you get older, like home care or living in a facility, and how to pay for it.
  • Elder Abuse Protection: They offer help if you’re being mistreated or scammed, working to keep you safe.
  • Special Needs Trusts: For family members with disabilities, they create trusts. This ensures they have the money they need without losing government benefits.
  • Retirement Planning: This advice helps you manage your finances so you’re ready for retirement. It ensures you have enough to live on comfortably later in life.

Each of these tools does something special for elder care planning. 

Our attorneys will structure your elder care plan uniquely for you. 

You don’t need to go figure all of this out. 

We will guide you through it, explain things, and answer questions. 

Fill out the form on this page to talk to an Atlanta elder law attorney.

Benefits Of Getting An Elder Care Plan Made

Elder care planning prepares you for aging. 

It covers health care, living places, and money management. 

Here’s why it’s important:

  1. Peace of Mind. You and your family worry less. Everyone knows your wishes.
  2. Financial Security. You save your money. Planning helps you use programs like Medicaid to pay for care.
  3. Health Care Choices. You write down your medical care wishes. Doctors know what care you want or don’t want.
  4. Avoid Legal Issues. You make legal papers like wills. This stops family arguments about your wishes.
  5. Care Choices. You pick your care options early. This could be staying at home or moving to a care facility.
  6. Stay Safe from Scams. Planning protects you from being tricked. You choose trusted people to make decisions if you can’t.
  7. Preserve Your Legacy. You decide how to leave your things to family or charities. This reflects your wishes.

In simple terms, elder care planning makes your later years better. 

You get to decide how you live and are cared

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How The Elder Care Process Works

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This is Shawn. You’ll be speaking with him throughout your whole process. Once you fill out the form, he will reach out to you to get started.

This is Melissa. She’s going to be your Atlanta elder care lawyer. Shawn will schedule an appointment for you to talk to Melissa. She will ask a few simple questions. From there, she creates the elder care plan, has you review it, then you sign, and it’s complete!

After you fill out the form on this page, what happens? 

That’s a great question!

Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

  1. Schedule Your Consultation. Book a meeting with us at a time that suits you.
  2. Understanding Your Situation. In our meeting, we’ll learn about your health, living arrangements, and finances.
  3. Setting Goals. We’ll talk about your long-term care preferences and how to pay for them.
  4. Reviewing Your Assets. We’ll look at what you own, like savings, property, and insurance.
  5. Discussing Family Needs. We’ll talk about what your family might need, especially if they help with your care.
  6. Coordinating Care. Together, we’ll make a plan for your care, including healthcare, housing, and money matters.
  7. Choosing the Right Support. You’ll pick people to help carry out your plan, like someone to make healthcare decisions for you if needed.
  8. Addressing Financial Considerations. We’ll find ways to manage your money and reduce taxes for your family.
  9. Preparing Legal Documents. We’ll create all the necessary legal papers, like a living will or power of attorney.
  10. Reviewing and Signing. You’ll check everything over and sign the documents when you’re happy they’re right.
  11. Keeping Your Plan Updated. We’ll help you keep your plan up-to-date as things change in your life.

How You Should Prepare For Your Senior Care Attorney

  1. Your Goals and Concerns. Consider what you hope to achieve with your elder care plan. This might include preferences for your healthcare, living arrangements, and financial management. Also, think about any worries you have, such as family dynamics or concerns about your future care.
  2. List of Assets. Make a list of your assets, including your home, savings, investments, and any personal belongings of value. You don’t need exact figures, just a general overview.
  3. Family and Care Recipients. Determine who you want to be involved in your elder care plan and who you want to receive your assets or provide care for. This could include family members, friends, or organizations.
  4. Existing Documents. If you have any existing documents related to your care or finances, such as advance directives or powers of attorney, bring them to your attorney’s attention, even if they’re outdated.
  5. Questions. Write down any questions or concerns you have about the elder care planning process. This might include inquiries about costs, communication with your attorney, or specific details about your situation.
  6. Special Circumstances. Be prepared to discuss any unique aspects of your situation, such as owning a business, owning property in multiple locations, or having a blended family.
  7. Decision-Makers. Consider who you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so yourself. This could involve selecting a healthcare proxy or designating someone to manage your finances.
  8. Comfort Level. Pay attention to how you feel when speaking with the elder law attorney. Do they listen to your concerns? Do they explain things clearly? It’s important to feel comfortable and supported throughout the planning process.

Talk To An Atlanta Elder Care Attorney

If you need help with elder care planning, fill out the form below.

At The Hive Law, we recognize the importance of:

  • Safeguarding your well-being and assets as you age
  • Securing a stable future for your family’s care needs
  • Protecting your assets from healthcare expenses and legal challenges
  • Ensuring the proper and legal distribution of your assets per to your wishes

We only accommodate a limited number of clients each month.

So don’t miss your opportunity to work with our elder care planning lawyers.

Benefits of our elder care planning services include:

  • Customized solutions tailored to your specific needs and aspirations
  • Expert guidance in navigating the complexities of elder care laws and regulations
  • Preserving your financial resources to support future generations
  • Streamlined planning for the distribution of your assets in alignment with your preferences

Don’t risk the consequences of inadequate elder care planning, such as:

  • Depletion of assets due to healthcare expenses
  • Legal challenges compromising your family’s financial stability
  • Disputes among family members regarding care and inheritance
  • Lengthy and costly processes like guardianship proceedings

Fill out the form to talk to a local elder law attorney in Atlanta.

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Who We Are

We are a local, family-owned, Atlanta elder care law firm. Melissa went to John Marshall Law School in downtown Atlanta. We moved to Alpharetta after law school in 2017. After that, we moved to Suwanee to follow Shawn’s engineering job. Then, we settled down in Buford after having our first child. Now, we have two little ones. We spend the weekends going to Gwinnett County parks with our friends and kids, going to Jaemor and the Suwanee farmer’s markets to support local farmers, and camping/hiking at Lake Lanier with the kids. Thanks for joining and supporting our local family business!

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Atlanta Hours Of Operations

  • Monday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Friday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Other Services We Provide In Atlanta

  1. Estate Planning. Helping clients plan what will happen to their stuff and money after they pass away.
  2. Wills. Writing documents that say who gets a person’s things and what should be done after they die.
  3. Trusts. Setting up a way for someone (a trustee) to look after and manage money or property for others (beneficiaries).
  4. Asset Protection. Finding ways to keep a person’s money and property safe from others who might want to take them, like in lawsuits.
  5. Probate. Handling the process of making sure a will is legal and distributing the person’s things after they die.
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