Ithaca Elder Law Attorneys
###A Holistic Approach to Elder Law Issues in Ithaca
At New York Lawyers Team, our commitment to seniors and their families involves more than simple legal services and financial planning. We call our approach ElderCare legal planning. This unique holistic approach to elder law issues honors and respects the total needs of our client and recognizes the importance of involving a network of professionals in assuring the highest quality of life and care, and promoting dignity, self-determination, individuality, and independence of individuals who are elderly. If you would like to know more, please contact our law office and ask for a consultation with one of our experienced Ithaca Elder law lawyers.
Are You Concerned That Your Loved Ones Are Not Getting the Help They Need in Ithaca?
Often relatives and friends of the aging person are first to recognize the person's need for care. Our ElderCare law attorneys understand how frustrating this can be for all concerned. For those who are elderly, accepting help with health care, daily living or financial management means having to accept the loss of control and independence. Our ElderCare legal team can help identify additional resources and support for your loved ones, including trusted friends, relatives, or professionals, to get the needed help. Our firm can also help mediate and resolve family differences regarding the need for planning or care for their loved ones while respecting the individual's wishes as much as possible.
Planning for Quality of Life and Quality of Care — More Than Documents
ElderCare Legal Planning in Ithaca is designed to maximize your quality of life and quality of care while protecting and preserving your assets. Our lawyers will work with you and your family to develop a flexible plan so that your instructions concerning your health care and management of your assets are followed under all circumstances. Your loved ones will appreciate the peace of mind and direction provided by:
- a current Will and possibly a Trust
- a Durable Power of Attorney
- a Medical Power of Attorney
- a Living Will/Advance Directive
Assuring Quality of Care: Care Advocacy for the Ithaca area
Family and professional advocacy often makes a critical difference in the quality of care received by an elderly person, whether he or she lives at home, is a nursing home resident, or lives in an assisted living facility. This advocacy, sometimes with the assistance of a professional care advocate, involves more than choosing an appropriate care setting:
Effective advocacy starts with a comprehensive geriatric care assessment to determine the person's care needs and the ability of the family to care for the person.
An ElderCare Law attorney can help with identifying strategies to obtain the highest quality of care. An ElderCare attorney should review admission contracts and other documents for nursing homes or other residential settings even if it has already been signed. These confusing documents frequently contain problems, usually related to payment for care, such as payment guarantees, discrimination based on payment or insurance sources, and "responsible party" arrangements.
An individual residing in a facility, or his or her family, should always be involved with the development of a resident's care plan, be able obtain a copy of a written care plan, and ensure that regular care planning meetings occur. A care plan meeting should review the needs of the resident and make sure that the individual's needs are met. This meeting should include an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals treating your loved one, such as therapists, nurses and social workers.
The ElderCare team at New York Lawyers Team helps their clients with appropriate care planning by attending care plan meetings, overseeing the development of a care plan that promotes quality of life and care, and ensuring that the care plan is properly followed.
Our New York Area Lawyers Can Address Heath and Financial Management Concerns With Guardianships and Conservatorships When a person becomes incapacitated and does not have powers of attorney in place, the probate court will appoint individuals to make financial, medical and/or mental health decisions on behalf of that person. However, sometimes a person may not actually need a Guardian or Conservator, or only needs limited assistance. Our firm provides representation during these critical proceedings to ensure that an individual in Ithaca obtains the appropriate amount and type of assistance through the appointment of a Guardian or Conservator when necessary.
Our Ithaca attorneys can also help family members and other individuals who have been appointed Guardian and Conservator to act in the best interests of the individual and to meet their duties and responsibilities as Guardian or Conservator.
New York Lawyers Team offers families in the metro New York area an throughout the state the extensive experience and skill of lawyers who are regionally and nationally recognized in ElderCare planning and advocacy. Our law firm is the only firm throughout New York with two attorneys who are nationally Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA), certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. Our Ithaca team also has a presence in reputable legal listings such as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. We are committed to providing holistic counsel to elders and their families.