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When you are aged 65 or older, you are faced with new life-planning complexities that might seem overwhelming. No one is exempt from the need to set their affairs in order, and doing so as soon as possible will help bring you peace of mind. To prepare for your legal, medical, and financial needs in the golden years of your life, it’s ideal that you work with an experienced Barker elder law attorney, who can guide you through the legal complexities and help you suit your documentation to your unique needs. 

The Law Office of Michelle E. Murphy can help you alleviate anxieties regarding assets, benefits, and the future of your family. Reach out today to schedule a free consultation and learn how our firm can help you with your sensitive legal needs.

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What Is Elder Law?

Elder law is a catch-all term that refers to the specific legalities concerning senior citizens. As we age, it becomes important to plan for end-of-life needs, which includes everything from medical issues to a last will and testament. Elder law as a court process generally involves document preparation rather than litigation. The objective of these processes is to mitigate risk to elderly individuals, see that their needs and wishes are fulfilled as they age, and guard their wealth for inheritance purposes. 

Documentation can be complex and must stand up in court, so it’s best to engage a Barker elder law attorney like Michelle E. Murphy who is seasoned in elder law. 

What Can A Barker Elder Law Attorney Do For Me?

Our attorneys are well versed in elder law and can help you with a variety of issues that are likely to affect you and your family sometime in the future. Legalities you will want to cover include: 

  • Wills And Trusts: A will and trust are two of the most important aspects of your estate plan. Your attorney can see that your will is up-to-date and compliant with Texas law. Additionally, you can set up a trust and take other necessary estate planning measures to ensure that your inheritance will not need to go through the tedious and expensive process of probate.
  • Medicaid Planning: In the state of Texas, nursing homes can cost an average of $80,000 a year, which is more than the average income of a senior citizen. Even if you have wealth put away, the cost of nursing home care can deplete your life savings. Luckily, there is a process known as Medicaid planning which allows you to rearrange your finances so you can qualify for Medicaid, which will cover most or all of your eventual nursing home care needs. Medicaid planning is a time-sensitive process, so it’s best to get started as soon as possible. 
  • Power Of Attorney: In the event you become incapacitated and can no longer make medical decisions for yourself, it’s essential that you have the documentation to make your wishes known. Making difficult medical decisions on behalf of an incapacitated family member is the cause of much pain and controversy in families during end-of-life care. Spare your loved ones the anguish by outlining an advance directive for healthcare and vesting a responsible party with power of attorney. 

These issues are only a few of the legalities covered under the umbrella of elder law. You might also wish to address issues such as legal guardianship in the event you become incapacitated or asset protection in order to maximize your tax options.

If you have researched elder law, you might be aware that there are online forms that allow you to write your will and address other aspects of elder law. Though these options might seem like a time and money saver, there is a significant risk that they won’t stand up in court or won’t have the nuance to address your specific needs. 

Attorneys spend years learning and practicing the legal complexities of these documents, so it’s best to reach out to an experienced Barker elder law attorney like Michelle E. Murphy for guidance.

Trust Michelle E. Murphy With Your Family And Future

With over 20 years of experience in elder law, Michelle E. Murphy is perfectly situated to address all of your legal questions and conundrums. Michelle E. Murphy is personally invested in each client and understands that this is a sensitive area of law, which is why she takes the time to get to know you and your needs. She has the ability to meet with clients and dispense advice virtually, which is ideal for seniors who have mobility issues or problems with leaving the house. 

You don’t even have to worry about the paperwork–our offices take care of the tedious minutiae so that you can get back to enjoying this chapter of your life with the ones you love? Reach out today to schedule a free consultation and learn how the law offices of Michelle E. Murphy can address your legal needs.

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Ms. Murphy made sure to use all of her resources and did everything legally possible to help me. She fought harder than other lawyers out there and found ways to make everything work in my favor. I really appreciate how she helped me and made me feel at ease under the worst circumstances. I recommend her highly.
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