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At Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A., we work hard to help our clients and their families get the care they need while retaining their hard-earned savings and assets. When a parent, spouse, or loved one becomes ill and needs additional or long-term care, the costs and future can seem overwhelming. Most Americans over the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care during their lifetime. Long-term care costs are rising, and many people do not have the financial means or long-term care insurance to pay for the cost of their care. With odds like that, you need to be prepared.
With the help of our certified elder law and V.A. accredited attorneys, we can help you and your family plan for the future. Estate planning is not just for millionaires and CEOs; it is also for middle-class American families. We also understand that many of our clients come to us during stressful and emotional times: a parent or spouse has fallen or suffered a devastating stroke, is currently in the hospital and will require long-term care. Our experienced and caring attorneys and staff members are sensitive to the stress you are facing and will help you to cope with what’s next. Whether you need a living trust, special needs trust, trust administration, or assistance obtaining Medicaid or V.A. Aid & Attendance benefits, we are ready to assist.
Planning with Special Needs Trusts protect a disabled person’s assets from depletion during their lifetime. Assets might include those received from inheritance or from tort recovery, such as a verdict or settlement from a car accident or medical malpractice case. These specially designed trusts are drafted to protect these assets while allowing the beneficiary to receive necessary public and social benefits (Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and more). Without a Special Needs Trust, any assets of the beneficiary will ultimately need to be depleted or “spent down” before the public agencies will provide benefits. Under the protection of a Special Needs Trust, the beneficiary will continue to collect his or her public benefits, and the assets in the trust can be used to supplement his or her care and quality of life. Upon death any assets remaining in the trust will be distributed to public benefits agencies and then the remainder to the person’s beneficiaries.
Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A., offers a variety of services to seniors and their families.
When it comes to caring for an aging parent or loved one, you want to do what is best for them and get them the care they need. From powers of attorney to trusts to Medicaid benefits, our firm will thoroughly discuss your family’s needs and help guide you to a plan that works for you. Investing a small portion of your time learning about the benefits and protections available to you and your loved ones is time well-spent. Contact Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A., today and speak with an experienced elder law attorney in West Palm Beach.
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"Elder law" means legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives; lifetime planning; family issues; fiduciary representation; capacity; guardianship; power of attorney; financial planning; public benefits and insurance; resident rights in long-term care facilities; housing opportunities and financing; employment and retirement matters; income, estate, and gift tax matters; estate planning; probate; nursing home claims; age or disability discrimination and grandparents' rights. The specialization encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. Elder law clients are predominantly seniors, and the specialization requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting these clients.
Beginning in 1994, the National Elder Law Foundation certified its first batch of examinees as Certified Elder Law Attorneys. There are now nearly 500 CELAs® practicing in almost every state and in most major cities in the country. The special needs and elder law practice continues to grow, and the number of CELAs® will grow as well.
CELAs® must complete a rigorous full-day examination and demonstrate that their law practice is actually focused on special needs and elder law. Once certified, a CELA® must continue to practice primarily in elder law and special needs, and complete continuing education credits specifically targeted to advanced practitioners.
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Founded in 1993, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) is the Florida state chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Along with other state chapters of NAELA around the nation, membership in AFELA requires membership in NAELA and adherence to its aspirational standards for professional behavior.
As the largest of the state chapters, AFELA provides education and support to the providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of those with special needs including the elderly and disabled in Florida.
Recognizing that families often have difficulties making legal decisions affecting and elderly or disabled person, the AFELA helps to make those decisions easier by foster a community of private practice elder law attorneys through education and outreach.
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CAP members are highly-qualified NAELA attorneys who are selected by fellow experienced attorneys to join the Council. As a result of their commitment and contribution to their clients and the ethical practice of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning, members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners are esteemed in the field.
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