Maine Elder Law

Elder law encompasses many different practice areas but is most often associated with planning for long term and/or nursing home care.  There are many potential benefits to addressing elder care issues before crisis hits.  The firm focuses on preventative strategies and advice for its aging clients and their families.  In Maine, elder planning is a growing area due to the aging population and the soaring costs of long term care in the state.  Our services will include the review and/or preparation of disability planning documents including financial powers of attorney and advance health-care directives.  One frequent but simple approach involves the transfer of real estate between spouses to protect the residence, which is often our client’s most valuable asset. More complex plans involve the transfer of assets in compliance with laws and regulations; the preparation and funding of so-called “Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts” to shelter a client’s home and other assets from recovery by DHHS; preparation of testamentary “special needs trusts” to protect assets for beneficiaries who are the recipients of MaineCare or other government benefits; advice and preparation of caregiver agreements for family members; and other techniques designed to address transitions to nursing homes and protect income and assets while assuring MaineCare eligibility.  Our attorneys are well versed in the complicated set of rules and regulations governing MaineCare eligibility and estate recovery.  The firm utilizes ElderCounsel, a highly regarded national legal support company for elder law education/networking and practice building tools.

Entrance to Law Office of Stoddard L. Smith in Brunswick Maine
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