Knowledgeable Princeton Elder Law Attorneys Help Clients with a Full Range of Concerns
Experienced New Jersey lawyers provide compassionate and effective legal advice to seniors
At Dumont & Watson, P.C., with offices in Princeton and Red Bank, we assist senior citizens and their families in all areas of elder law. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience advising clients in legal issues that are of special concern to older people. Whether you want to ensure your healthcare wishes are carried out by having an advance directive drafted or you require assistance planning and applying for Medicaid to fund your long-term care, our New Jersey law firm is here to help you. Whatever your needs are, you can rely on our lawyers to treat you and your family with respect and understanding as we help you navigate planning for the future.
Financial planning for long-term nursing care and medical care
As people age, they often require increased nursing and medical care, and many people turn to Medicaid to pay for it. However, without the proper financial strategy, you could be deemed ineligible for Medicaid and have to pay for your care through other means. Ineligibility usually means that a person’s monthly income is above the Medicaid limit. Even if you make more than the limit, that doesn’t mean you have the funds to pay for nursing home and medical care, which is extremely expensive. Our attorneys understand this and can advise you about how to keep your income below the threshold through Medicaid qualified annuities, Medicaid asset planning trusts, income only trusts and qualified income trusts. We can also help you apply for Medicaid to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. If you are an elderly veteran, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs may be another option to help pay for nursing home costs.
Advanced directives to address a variety of needs
Because the possibility of becoming mentally or physically disabled increases as we get older, it is beneficial to have advanced directives in place in order to provide for your healthcare and financial needs and preferences. There are two such directives in New Jersey: living wills and durable power of attorney documents. A living will describes in writing your wishes for medical treatment and end-of-life care. A durable power of attorney for healthcare assigns a trusted family member or other party to make decisions for you should you be unable to make them yourself. Additionally, you can execute a durable power of attorney to assign someone to handle financial affairs in case of incapacitation. We can answer your questions about these documents and draft them for you.
Additional concerns our elder law attorneys can help with
When people do not have advance directives in place, the court may appoint a guardian to oversee their well-being and/or financial affairs. If you wish to become a guardian to a family member, we can advise you on the process involved. Our attorneys can also investigate allegations of nursing home abuse on behalf of you or an elderly loved one.
Contact our elder law attorneys in Princeton, New Jersey for help with your legal needs
At Dumont & Watson, P.C. in Princeton and Red Bank, our attorneys have extensive experience helping New Jersey seniors and their families with legal issues related to aging. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at 609-688-8400 or contact us online.