Chicago Elder Law Attorneys
Do you know the difference between Elder Law and Estate Law? For many people Elder Law and Estate Law are the same. This is most likely because estate planning is associated with an older generation of Americans. In reality, Elder and Estate Law are two distinct areas, and it is important to distinguish between the two. The practice of Elder Law is unique in that it is characterized by a specific type of client, not by the type of work practiced in a particular field. Estate Law, on the other hand, generally relates to the preparation of wills, formation of trusts, and probate administration for clients of any age.
Elder law focuses on the numerous financial, medical and legal issues associated with aging that affect seniors. Among the many varied issues found in Elder Law, the Law Offices of David Blocher specializes in elder law issues related to estate planning, probate, guardianships and domestic partnerships. This includes protection of property interests, entitlement to public benefits, health care decision making, visitation rights, and guardianships.
Often times, family members are confronted with difficult decisions regarding the care of an aging parent or other aging family member. Many times the aging family member has not made provisions for their medical or mental disability or death. This leaves the caretaking family member unsure about their decisions and sometimes unable to pay for the care of the aging family member. Our firm helps family members determine the best course of action for their particular situation. They come to us with questions and concerns and we provide them with guidance and support.
It is important to hire an experienced attorney who will help you understand your options. When advising you, our attorneys will take into consideration disabilities that can be brought on by aging and the impact this could have on decision making, which can effect the validity of wills and powers of attorney. By taking into consideration a senior's potential disability or incapacity, we can comprise a comprehensive plan that addresses possible issues that may arise, while meeting the goals and objectives of the elder. An ounce of prevention can go a long way in saving a great deal of time and money.
If you are a senior or have an aging family member and have questions about any of the areas listed below, you should consult with us:
- Estate Litigation - We represent people in disputes related to will contests, capacity issues, fraud, undue influence allegations and other estate disputes.
- Will Contests – Our firm represents people challenging or defending the validity of a will.
- Powers of Attorney – We help you decide whether a power of attorney is appropriate for you and your family.
- Guardianships – A guardianship can be an important and effective tool to aid in the care of elderly or disabled family members. We will help you determine if this is the appropriate course of action for you to take and offer alternatives.
- Wills – Drafting comprehensive wills is one of the best ways to avoid estate litigation and probate disputes. These are tools that you can put into place prior to your disability or incapacity that clearly define your intentions.
We will assist you in determining which are the best tools for you to use to protect your estate and make certain your decisions are carried out as you intended. To learn more about Elder and Estate Law, contact the Law Offices of David Blocher to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney.