Most of the time, estate planning is not just about a deceased person's estate. It is also about elder law options.
A long time ago, only wealthy people had estate plans prepared and the early estate planning options evolved to reflect their needs. They needed wills and trusts to pass down their wealth to their heirs.
Eventually, more and more people started getting estate plans and the planning needs of the non-wealthy began to receive more consideration.
One of the things they needed to address was how to pay for nursing home care, when a non-wealthy person needed it.
Elder law grew out of that concern, as the Times Herald-Record pointed out in "Plenty of reasons to do elder law estate planning."
As a result of that history, when people do estate planning today, they normally take care of many of their expected elder law needs.
Elder law estate planning attorneys help people figure out how to pay for possible nursing home care.
Elder law estate planning attorneys get their clients general durable power of attorneys and health care powers of attorney, so their clients are prepared if they are ever incapacitated.
Elder law estate planning attorneys write living wills for their clients, so their clients can decide whether or not they want to live in a coma with no chance of recovery.
Elder law estate planning attorneys also help their clients avoid the possibility of being the victims of elder financial abuse.
If you are interested in any of those elder law options, and you should be interested in all of them, then visit an elder law estate planning attorney.
Reference: Times Herald-Record (July 5, 2017) "Plenty of reasons to do elder law estate planning."
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