Elder Law Services in Montana & North Dakota

The elder law legal experts at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law promote and protect the rights, health and economic well-being, and general welfare of older adults and people with disabilities. Our elder care lawyers offer legal help to meet these specific goals. Contact us for a Free Consultation with an experienced attorney, call (406) 543-3800 today.

An Elder Law attorney is important to involve in planning for Medicaid, Long-Term Care, or with a Guardianship. At Jones & Cook, our Missoula Elder Law attorneys help clients and their families plan by using tools for Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Nursing Home Planning. It is best to start discussing Elder Law with your Montana lawyer by the time you reach 60.

The primary difference between Elder Law and Estate Planning is that Elder Law deals with the unique issues that face elderly clients including Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care, and Asset Protection. Many of the procedures are similar, but what is acceptable in Montana Estate Planning can be devastating for Elder Law purposes.

At Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, we find that many people who do Estate Planning are attempting to save a money on Probate and the techniques used can expose the assets to claims from the state for Nursing Home or other Long-Term Care. Elder Law can be thought of as Estate Planning with an emphasis on making sure the individual or their spouse are not disqualified for benefits they may need as they continue to age or the level of care needed increases.

As your Elder Law attorneys, we can create documents which help with planning for Long-Term Care, insurance, Protecting Assets, and making sure Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits are available. In some circumstances it is necessary to establish a Montana Guardianship to care for parents or spouses who have become incapable of managing their daily personal, health, or financial matters.

Elder Law Services for Montana Seniors

Jones & Cook Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

You may be overwhelmed and frustrated about your particular circumstances. If your spouse is ill and needs Nursing Home Care, perhaps you are worried about whether you qualify for Medicaid to pay for that care, or whether all of your hard-earned savings will be drained if you don’t qualify. Maybe you have heard horror stories about elder couples being forced to get Divorced to keep one spouse from having to drain their life savings to pay for Nursing Home Care for the other. Perhaps you have not created your Living Will or thought about establishing a Trust to make sure your Assets are distributed properly. Or maybe you have a simple question about creating a Power of Attorney.

Our Missoula Elder Law lawyers determine what is important to you and what your goals are. Because of our education and training, we know how to offer you step-by-step solutions designed for your particular circumstances. As attorneys we have a legal and ethical responsibility to lay out all of your options, then come to an agreement with you on what is best for you and your family. We will associate with our network of experts in the field of elder care, such as nursing home care, tax situations, and Family Law matters.

The legal experts at Jones & Cook Attorneys at Law, will not only help educate you on your options, we will help you implement your plan. Please call us at (406) 543-3800 to discuss your situation and schedule your Free Consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Elder Law is an area of law that addresses issues related to aging, incapacity, and death, most often associated with senior clients and their families.

Elder Law is a subspecialty of Estate Planning. Elder Law attorneys help individuals and their families plan for retiree benefits, healthcare and long-term care, Medicaid and Medicare coverage, and home care and nursing home care. We also help with decision-making documents and provide guidance on other legal issues for seniors and people with disabilities.

If you or a loved one are concerned about the cost of long-term care and how you will pay for it, then you should speak to an Elder Law attorney who will be able to explain to you the various methods of paying for long-term care, including the government benefit programs that are available and how to qualify for them.

By the age of 60 you should start the Estate Planning process. The longer you wait, the more you risk your assets not being protected, or you may lose your capacity because of health issues.