Tennessee Lawyers Protecting the Rights of Seniors
Over the last few decades, medical advances and an improved understanding of human biology have combined to generate an increase in the average life expectancy for Americans. Living longer is usually a good thing, but quality of life concerns have also become more prevalent in recent years. At the offices of Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we understand the importance of helping seniors protect their rights and enjoy the happy, healthy life they deserve.
Trusted Elder Law Counsel In Tennessee
Elder law refers to an area of legal practice that is focused on serving the interests of senior citizens and their loved ones. Disabled adults, regardless of their age, often share many of the same challenges as seniors do, so an elder law attorney can be helpful for such individuals as well. Our lawyers recognize that it can be challenging to plan for the future, especially when considering the likelihood of decreasing mental and physical abilities and the reality that life does not last forever. While the path forward may seem unpredictable and confusing, seniors can offer their family security and peace of mind by developing a comprehensive estate plan.
When looking toward the future, one of the most important steps to take is to choose someone who can make decisions for you in the event you cannot make them for yourself. Depending on your family’s circumstances and your health concerns, you might consider nominating a conservator or appointing a power of attorney to help manage your affairs. The lawyers at our firm will work closely with you in exploring your options and executing the necessary documents.
Memphis Lawyers for Nursing Home and Extended Medical Care
At the offices of Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we realize that the decision to place an aging family member in a nursing facility is not an easy one. Beyond the emotional and personal concerns, it is also very easy to make errors during the placement process that could have a devastating effect on your family’s financial situation. Our attorneys offer guidance with nursing home resident contracts, long-term care medical insurance coverage, and so that your loved one can get the care he or she needs. If your elderly loved one is already in a nursing home and you have concerns regarding the care they are receiving, we can help investigate the situation.
Government Aid Programs
According to recent studies, nearly one-half of Americans will spend time in a nursing home or a long-term care facility during their lifetime. Most such stays are likely to be short, but some may last for several years or more. Skilled nursing home care can place a large financial burden on yourself and your loved ones. The average cost per month for skilled nursing home care can cost anywhere between $7,000.00-$12,000.00.
Many elderly individuals qualify for a host of government benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Medicare, Medicaid, and benefits provided for aging veterans. The complex nature of such programs, however, often makes applying for and obtaining these benefits nearly impossible for seniors on their own. Our lawyers assist elderly individuals with Title 19 applications for Medicaid, as well as applications for Social Security and all other available programs. Along the way, will make sure that you understand your responsibilities and your rights associated with the benefits in question. Our team can also help you adjust your lifestyle and your finances in a manner that legally protects your assets and secures your eligibility for government aid programs.
Let Us Help
For more information about our firm and our approach to the practice of elder law, contact our office. Call (901) 388-5805 to schedule a confidential consultation and case review today. Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, serve clients throughout Memphis, Shelby County, and the surrounding areas.