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Smith Barid elder law attorneys help seniors and their families with legal issues specific to those age 65+. Our goal is to create peace of mind for you and your family about the staggering costs of long term care.

Paying for long term medical care is just one of the many challenges seniors face. If you fail to plan for long term medical expenses, your life’s savings might easily be wiped out.

Qualifying for Medicaid or Veterans Aid and Attendance can mean the difference between losing your savings and living comfortably.

The elder law attorneys at Smith Barid, LLC focus on helping older adults plan for their long term care.  Our knowledge of government benefit programs and years of experience helping families, enables us to create plans to cover medical needs and protect your savings.

Michael Smith & Richard Barid also assist seniors with estate planning and guardianship issues.  If you or your parents need a durable power of attorney or an advanced directive for healthcare, let us know. If you have a loved one who is unable to manage their own affairs, we can assist you with obtaining a guardianship and/or conservatorship so that you can help them.

The Long Term Care Planning Report

Our firm has a unique Long Term Care Planning Process.

You wouldn’t ask a doctor to diagnose you without a thorough examination. Likewise an elder law attorney must take an in depth look at your specific situation to make a plan for you. To navigate the complicated landscape of long term care planning we will need to know:

  • Your medical situation
  • Your income and assets
  • Projected long term care needs.

Most lawyers would sit down in a thirty minute meeting, propose a plan to you and take your money without a full understanding of your needs

 

As a result, this approach often leads to a derailed plan when a crucial bit of unknown information surfaces.  We don’t work that way.

The Smith Barid Approach

Our firm’s approach is different from that of most elder law firms.  Rather than have one short meeting with you and “shoot from the hip” regarding the best next step, our attorneys follow a specific process designed to produce consistent and accurate results.

Your Long Term Care Planning Report, and the process of creating it, assure that our attorneys become familiar with you, your family, your goals, and your concerns.  What is the current medical situation?  Has there been a diagnosis of dementia?  What income is there to help cover costs?  Are there sufficient assets to cover future costs of living and costs of care?  These are the types of questions a thorough analysis will answer. Income and assets have a significant effect not only on your family’s ability to cover costs of care and other expenses but also on eligibility for key government benefits.  Our attorneys will take a close look at each individual source of income, insurance policy, and other asset.

In much the same way that a doctor examines you physically, looks over your medical records and perhaps orders some tests before she makes a diagnosis, we will closed examine your situation before we propose a solution. Once we have had the opportunity to review all of the relevant information, we will create a plan customized to you, your family and your situation to qualify you as quickly as possible for Medicaid or Veterans Pension (Aid and Attendance) benefits.

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