Elder law is a type of legal practice that focuses on the needs of senior citizens as they age. At Alatsas Law Firm, we provide many different types of elder law services in Brooklyn to help seniors and their loved ones pursue justice, receive fair treatment, and plan for the future.
This type of law addresses many of the common issues that seniors face, such as retirement, disability, Medicaid and Medicare eligibility concerns, nursing home issues, and estate planning. Alatsas Law Firm can also help protect seniors from elder abuse, establish medical directives, and navigate the complex bankruptcy process and Social Security system.
Retirement Planning for Seniors
Everyone starts retirement planning at a different age, but seniors often need to reevaluate and revise their previously established retirement plans.
Common senior retirement planning needs include:
- Contribute to a 401(k) or IRA
- Mortgage debt
- Tax efficiency
- Insurance protection
- Asset distribution
Disability Law for Seniors
Disability law protects seniors who are disabled from being discriminated against. Here are some examples of elder discrimination situations that Alatsas Law Firm can help you with:
- Access to public services
- Insufficient accommodations on public transportation
- Elder employment discrimination
- Fair housing discrimination
- Dementia and mental health
- Medicaid and Medicare
Many seniors rely upon Medicaid and Medicare to help pay for the rising costs of healthcare. However, you may not be getting the full benefits that you are entitled to. Contact attorney Theodore Alatsas to get the help you need so you aren’t paying more out-of-pocket than you should be.
Nursing Home Costs
Seniors often worry about the costs of nursing home care, but this is where an elder care attorney in Brooklyn can step in to help. We can help you establish a comprehensive financial plan to pay for a future nursing home stay that includes nursing home Medicaid planning, long-term care provisions, and long-term health insurance to put your mind at ease.
Estate Planning for Seniors
Regardless of how many assets a senior has, estate planning is an essential component of being an elder law attorney in Brooklyn. These are some of the estate planning documents that we can discuss with you to ensure that your wishes are carried out after death:
- Living wills
- Financial power of attorney
- Advance medical directive
- The implications of divorce after 50
Unfortunately, elder abuse happens far too often, and it is often up to family members to take action and fight for justice. If the senior you love has been mistreated in a healthcare setting or has unjustly lost assets, we will pursue the matter on your behalf to the fullest extent of the law.
Medical Directives for Seniors
Should you become incapacitated and unable to make health-related decisions on your own, a medical power of attorney can be appointed to make decisions for you and according to your previously specified wishes. Please contact us to discuss which of these advance directives is right for you.
- Living will
- Durable power of attorney for health care
- Do not resuscitate (DNR) order
- Organ and tissue donation
Bankruptcy for Seniors
Bankruptcy rates are rising among seniors due to high healthcare costs, low incomes, and insufficient retirement planning. The bankruptcy process can be overwhelming, which is why you need a trusted Brooklyn elder law attorney on your side.
Social Security Law
Social Security benefits are crucial for many seniors, and Social Security law ensures that benefits are rightly paid to individuals who have paid into the system for so many years. However, Social Security laws and regulations are constantly changing, and the pool of available money for the future is uncertain. We understand how frustrating this can be and are well-versed in all of the relevant Social Security laws that affect elderly adults.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
Although our firm is equipped to handle crisis situations, it’s always best to plan for elder law needs while you’re still healthy and financially stable. A proactive approach gives you time to learn about all your options and make the choice that’s best suited to your unique needs.
Alatsas Law Firm is conveniently located for residents of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Our ground floor office is handicapped accessible with a subway stop and two bus lines nearby. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.