An Estate Plan Won’t See You Through a Crisis
An Elder Law Attorney Will
Tax and estate attorneys are experts at protecting your assets and ensuring they’re distributed according to your wishes after your death. But do you have an advocate in your corner to protect your assets if a crisis strikes while you are still living?
If you develop a progressive disease or disability, both of which are increasingly possible as we live longer these days, even the best plans can fall short of addressing the challenges of a health crisis, let alone protecting your assets.
THAT'S WHERE AN ELDER LAW ATTORNEY COMES IN
“Typically, people call me after they’ve been diagnosed with an illness,” says Caroline T. Knox, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and principal at The Van Winkle Law Firm. “They are panicked about paying for their health care costs and worry that they will leave their spouse without any money. However, they need not fear. I can solve the financial piece and take that concern of their plate.”
Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) like Knox are proven experts at arranging assets; reworking advance directives; securing benefits; and navigating financial, insurance, health care and government agencies to meet the very specific and special needs of clients and their families. CELAs are certified by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
“My primary objective is to preserve my clients’ assets and ensure the funds are there for their care as well as for the surviving spouse’s future needs,” Knox says.
ADDRESSING MORE THAN FINANCIAL CONCERNS
Not only is Knox available to act as power of attorney, trustee, or health care agent, her practice also offers the support of a licensed social worker and a nurse who is a board-certified geriatric care manager.
“It just made sense,” Knox says. “Managing a progressive illness goes beyond financial and legal concerns; families often don’t know where to turn. Having these trusted professionals as part of their support system alleviates uncertainty and allows clients to keep their focus on their lives and their loved ones.”
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