Learn About the Benefits of Elder Law Planning
When you work with Edwards Elder Law, P.A., we can help you understand,
plan, and prepare for the future to help ensure that your needs are met
and your wishes are respected throughout the course of any future medical
care situations or legal proceedings such as probate. We are committed
to providing outstanding guidance and dedicated legal counsel to individuals
and families throughout the St. Petersburg area.
If you have a question regarding an elder law issue, or if you are a child
of someone who is in declining health or who has recently passed, we encourage you to
contact us. Edwards Elder Law, P.A. can help determine what action you should take
on behalf of your loved one and family.
We are pleased to assist:
- Adult children who may be living elsewhere but who are concerned about
their elderly parents who are Pinellas County, Florida residents
- Children whose parents have passed away while residing in Pinellas County, Florida
- Children of those who have passed while outside of Florida but who own
real estate in Pinellas County, Florida
- Husbands and wives who are concerned about their declining health as they
valiantly care for their spouses
- People who want to engage in estate planning, Medicaid planning, and incapacity planning
- People who need to identify options for paying for long-term care, such
as by applying for Medicaid or the VA Aid and Attendance program
- Other professionals seeking to refer a current client to an elder law professional
When You Need an Elder Law Attorney
Whether you are worried about your own future, your immediate care needs,
your spouse, or your parent's long-term medical care, we can help
you learn about what type of estate plan or care you need and how to plan
for related financial issues. Our elder law attorney can help you consider
and address all of the "what if" questions that you haven't
found answers to yet. Consider the following examples:
Are your parents still living in the family home?
Your mom and dad love their home. It's not just a house; it's
where you took your first steps or where everyone still gathers for the
holidays. Perhaps they sound fine when you talk on the phone but, during
your last visit, you noticed that things are no longer getting taken care
of adequately. Maybe bills aren't getting paid, your mom is unsteady
on her feet, or dad can't take the garbage can down to the street anymore.
They may not want to consider moving or having strangers in their house
to help them, but those types of options may be exactly what your family
needs to consider to keep them safe in case their health declines further
or something unexpected happens. We can help you identify their options
and navigate the difficult but necessary conversations your family needs to have.
What if your mom or dad falls and breaks a hip?
If your mom or dad's health is declining, he or she may be able to
get around well with a walker or a cane until one day a slip and fall
leads to a broken hip. If, for example, your dad had hip surgery and is
now regaining some strength and balance through rehab therapy, he may
need to move into an assisted living community rather than return to his
home on his own.
We can assist you as you seek answers to the following questions: Which
assisted living community would be best for dad? How is he or the family
going to afford the approximately $2000 to $4000 monthly cost of assisted
Is mom really okay caring for dad?
They have been inseparable for 50 years. Dad's health has declined
and dementia has started to take its cruel hold on his mind, but mom insists
she can still take care of him. Meanwhile, when was the last time mom
kept her own doctor's appointment? How much sleep is mom losing lying
awake at night listening for dad to try to unlock the door and go for
a walk? If the unthinkable happened and the stress of being a caregiver
caused mom to pass away first, then what would happen to dad?
How much can you realistically juggle?
If traffic isn't bad, you may have just enough time to stop by mom's
house to bring her dinner and still be on time to pick your son up from
baseball practice. If you skip lunch, you may be able to use your lunch
hour tomorrow to take mom to her doctor's appointment so that you
don't have to work late and can have dinner with your kids and spouse.
If the doctor says it isn't safe for mom to live alone anymore, would
it be a good idea to have her move in with you? Do these questions sound
like ones you are asking yourself lately about your parents or other loved ones?
Come to our office to discuss your concerns. We can help take the burden
off of you by providing you with information, options, and answers. We
also can break down what you need to do to help your family into manageable
steps so that this time of transition is less overwhelming for you. Moreover,
we can assist you in finding financial assistance that may be available
or creating a plan to set aside funds for future long-term care.
Working with Edwards Elder Law, P.A.
Edwards Elder Law, P.A. is pleased to take client referrals from other
professionals, and we stand ready to provide trusted one-on-one elder
law counseling to clients in the St. Petersburg area. We educate and guide
clients to make sure that they address all necessary aspects of preparing
for their future medical and financial concerns as well as to ensure that
all of their estate planning documents are completed in the manner that
reflects their wishes.
We keep our client base small and make an effort to ensure that each client's
personal needs are fully met. When you work with us, we will keep you
fully informed about all aspects of your estate plan and related elder
law issues or documents.
If you are interested in learning more about Edwards Elder Law, P.A. and
how we can help you, schedule a
with our trusted St. Petersburg elder law firm today!