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A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO SENIOR YEARS

Legal Help for Elders in Southern Illinois

Time doesn’t stand still for anyone. A proactive approach to elder planning is the best way to take on the legal issues posed by aging. At SI Elder Law, LLC, we help families actively plan for what the future holds, laying a foundation for a better outcome down the road. A little bit of planning today goes a long way toward a better tomorrow. It’s true in many areas of life – including planning for your wishes and your family’s needs as we all age. SI Elder Law, LLC, is the law firm families from across Southern Illinois trust with legal matters related to the golden years of life. We want to help your family too. If you have an elderly parent or are a senior citizen yourself, you likely have a number of concerns about your legal affairs, such as:
  • How can I make sure my wishes are carried out if I become ill or pass away?
  • How can I protect my assets if I need Medicaid to pay for long-term care?
  • How can I prevent my estate from being subject to an estate tax or “death tax”?
  • Who can guide me through the probate process after the death of a relative?
  • What do I do if I think a loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing home?
Our lawyers are ready to help you find answers to questions like these and other legal issues that arise for older residents of Southern Illinois. Our goal is to help people through complex legal issues to chart a course for a better future. Because of our long experience as elder law attorneys in Southern Illinois, we can do so in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Contact SI Elder Law, LLC, now for a free discussion about your legal options.

How We Help Seniors in Southern Illinois

SI Elder Law, LLC, can assist Southern Illinois clients in a variety of cases. From finding alternative ways to finance care at a nursing home, assisted living or at home, to preparing your Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney and Living Will, the experienced attorneys of SI Elder Law, LLC, can help. Here are some of our main practice areas:

Guardianship Attorney

Most people work hard and prudently manage their affairs for a long time. But what happens when an older person loses the capacity to take care of their bills, assets, property and other financial responsibilities? What if they can no longer manage the basic tasks of daily living, like bathing, eating and taking proper medications? Legal guardianship may be the best way to ensure that a disabled senior gets needed help when the time comes.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities are supposed to provide a safe place for elders to get the care they need. Far too often, residents suffer abuse or neglect at the hands of the very people who are supposed to care for them. If something seems wrong at your loved one’s nursing home, don’t ignore it. Get help from our attorneys who have experience dealing with abusive or neglectful situations in long-term care facilities.

Illinois Probate Attorney

The death of a loved one causes a deep sense of loss and emotional trauma. Unfortunately, families frequently face serious conflicts when it comes time to distribute the deceased’s worldly possessions. Our attorneys have years of experience with the probate process in Illinois. We are equipped to guide you through the process to make sure your loved one’s wishes are carried out and your legal rights are protected.

Estate Protection

You have worked hard for what you have. When the time comes, who do you want to receive your assets? Probably not the nursing home or the taxman. Our goal at SI Elder Law, LLC, is to help you preserve as much of your assets as possible by seeking out all available sources of benefits. We also offer a full range of estate planning services to give voice to your wishes about who receives your legacy after you’ve passed away. We can help you create a plan now so that your wishes are carried out down the road.

Veteran’s Benefits

If you are a military veteran or the widow of a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits to help pay for long-term care at a nursing home or assisted living facility. The experienced attorneys at SI Elder Law, LLC, are ready to help you with applying for the complex Veterans Aid and Attendance program.

Special Needs Planning

What would happen if you were unable to make important decisions for yourself? Wouldn’t you like to have a say in who gets to make those decisions for you? At SI Elder Law, LLC, we believe all adults should have a Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Power of Attorney for Property. These instruments allow you to choose who will be your voice if you can no longer speak for yourself. We also help parents and grandparents of children with special needs create estate plans that will allow their children with special needs to maximize their benefits after an inheritance.

Medicaid Planning

Medicaid is a complex, bureaucratic program. Now is the time to begin planning for when you may need Medicaid benefits. SI Elder Law, LLC, offers proactive planning to help you satisfy the requirements of Illinois and federal Medicaid policy. This can help you organize your income and assets in a way that will be most beneficial to you. Proper planning can help you get the Medicaid assistance you need without losing your home or being subjected to a Medicaid lien.

Personal Injury

Accidents can affect anyone at any time. In many situations, someone else was at fault for the harm suffered by the injured victim. Our lawyers help personal injury victims seek compensation in a wide variety of situations, such as car accidents, falls, medical malpractice, dog bites, workplace accidents, and more.

Ready to Take Control of Your Future? Talk to Us Now for Free.

Few law firms focus on elder law like SI Elder Law does, or have done it as long and as successfully as we have in Southern Illinois. Our goal is to help you and your family take steps now to plan for the best outcome in the future. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s too late to plan effectively. We are ready to provide experienced legal advice on elder legal issues now. Our lawyers stay up-to-date on the latest federal laws and State of Illinois rules and regulations affecting elders and their legal issues. SI Elder Law Attorneys are Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and are very active with the Illinois Chapter of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. SI Elder Law Attorney and Owner Tiffanny H. Sievers is a past-president of this board and regularly presents seminars to other Illinois Elder Law Attorneys.

Let SI Elder Law provide you with a free initial consultation about your needs today.

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