At McClendon Law and Consulting, we specialize in services that were crafted especially for caregivers and those for whom they are providing care.
We provide services that support caregivers in several ways.
- Assist individuals with preparing financial powers of attorney and Advanced Directives for Healthcare to ensure that their caregiver has the proper legal authority to act on their behalf;
- Preparing Revocable Living Trusts to protect the financial assets of an individual in the event they become unable to handle their own affairs;
- Assisting with obtaining a legal guardianship over a loved one who has lost or never attained the ability to make decisions for themselves or handle their own finances;
- Assisting with setting up Supplemental and Special Needs Trusts to protect the financial resources of individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits;
- Help individuals engage in Medicaid Planning to ensure they can access resources to pay for nursing home care, if that should become necessary;
- Estate planning (including wills and trusts preparation) for caregivers and those in their care to ensure that assets owned by the caregiver or the person being cared are properly distributed after their death.
Estate planning in the caregiving context is unique in several ways:
- Caregivers may be required to engage in estate planning on behalf of the person in their care. Our firm can help caregivers obtain the legal authority they need to do so.
- If a caregiver passes away, the person they are caring for still need a caregiver. We help caregivers ensure that a back up caregiver is in place in the event that the caregiver becomes unable to continue providing care due to unexpected death or disability;
- Caregivers are often a significant source of financial support for the person in their care. We help caregivers create estate plans that ensure that financial resources are still available to the individual for whom they are caring if the caregiver passes away first.