Elder Law

Elder Law: Estate Planning for Seniors and Disabilities

How does an Elder Law attorney help Seniors and people with disabilities in Estate Planning? Estate planning in Elder Law is more than Wills and Trusts. The attorney helps families find critical legal solutions for long-term care planning, estate planning, powers of attorney, and special needs planning.


  • Medicaid Planning: A Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT) is a five-year look back estate plan that may fit a Senior’s estate needs. In Elder Law, planning for long-term care is important. A Medicaid Plan may help a Senior family member prepare for a health crisis without losing hard-earned assets.
  • Medicaid Crisis Planning: Crisis planning means there is no pre-plan MAPT in place. It is too late and now a family member needs immediate long-term care. There is an abundance of assets that does not allow for your loved one to qualify for Medicaid. The attorney provides the family with different strategies to navigate the complex process for a Medicaid crisis plan. https://tuckerlegal-llc.com/understanding-medicaid-planning/
  • Enhanced Powers of Attorney: In Elder Law, enhanced powers of attorney are important. Seniors and people with disabilities need enhanced powers of attorney. An enhanced durable Financial Power of Attorney names a Conservator who oversees a person’s financial estate during incapacity. A Healthcare Power of Attorney helps with a person’s care and names a Guardian. Enhanced Powers of Attorney may help prevent Court action or they inform the Court of one’s choices for a guardian or conservator.
  • Special Needs: Special Needs Trusts are for seniors under 65 and people with disabilities. More information is provided at https://tuckerlegal-llc.com/specialneedstrust/
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships: When an individual is unable to care for him or herself, or manage assets, a guardianship and/or conservatorship may be necessary. A guardianship entrusts the person’ care to a trusted individual. Conservatorship names a person to oversee a person’s financial estate. For more information visit the page for Probate
  • Veterans Benefits: If a loved one served in the military, he or she may have access to a range of veterans’ benefits but needs a Veteran Asset Protection Trust (VAPT) to help qualify for benefits and receive future Medicaid.

Sheri Tucker, Owner at Tucker Legal Services, LLC helps families and individuals with many areas of elder care law issues. Becoming a senior citizen brings a number of challenges and concerns. Addressing these needs head-on frees up time to spend enjoying everything you created and built over the years. For more specialized advice, reach out to Tucker Legal Services, LLC today. To stay up to date with information, check out our blog at tuckerlegal-llc.com/blog/