How an Elder Care Lawyer Can Benefit the Elderly and Their Caregivers

with Kirk Lyons

You may not think that you have a need to consult with an Elder Care Lawyer but this conversation on the Family Caregiver Summit might convince you otherwise. Elder Care Attorney Kirk Lyons shares valuable information about everything from a simple Power of Attorney to legal issues and mistakes surrounding Wills, and the whole complicated process of probate, living and revocable trusts, and more. You should at least listen to this episode to see if there are any legal issues that pertain to your situation so that you can potentially avoid the complications of weighty legal issues that could be ahead of you. You’ll be glad you invested the time to listen to this conversation.

The extra step this elder care lawyer advises you to take regarding Power of Attorney appointments.

Kirk Lyons is an elder care lawyer who has seen his share of difficult circumstances when it comes to the legal issues surrounding an aging or deceased person. One of those has to do with the issuing of powers of attorney. When you create a power of attorney the best course of action is not simply to draw up the document but to also take the extra step of ensuring that those who the POA effects the most (financial institutions, insurance companies, attorneys) have a copy of the Power of Attorney documents that pertain to them and even receive an introduction to the person appointed as your Power of Attorney. This extra step makes it simpler and more easy for your designated POA to do his/her job when the time comes – so that your wishes are enacted on your behalf. Get more valuable insights like this from this conversation.

Can you draft your own Will and Last Testament?

In most states, it is entirely permissible for you to draft your own Will. In some states, like Texas and Ohio, for example – it’s even possible that you can do it on a piece of paper in your own handwriting. But there are certain requirements that vary state to state that you need to be aware of as you do so. In this conversation, Elder Law Attorney Kirk Lyons uncovers some of the most commonly overlooked issues when it comes to drafting your own Will and advises you on the right and wrong ways to go about it. You’ll benefit tremendously from this portion of the conversation alone, so be sure you listen.

Did you know that Medicaid can come after your estate for reimbursement?

If an elderly person happens to experience a situation where they require medical attention their final years and those expenses are paid by Medicaid, that’s what the program was created to do. But if after their death it becomes apparent that their estate has adequate funds to reimburse Medicaid for those costs, Medicaid will often file for reimbursement of those expenses. Is it right for that to happen? Is there anything you can do to avoid it? What you need is the advice of an Elder Care Attorney and on this segment of the Family Caregiver Summit, you’ll get great advice on this and many other issues from Elder Care Lawyer Kirk Lyons.

Can a caregiver’s liability be limited by enacting the right contracts?

Many people who have the heart and capacity to serve as a caregiver are eager to do so but are concerned that their desire to be a loving caregiver could backfire on them by being sued by the family of the one they are caring for. They don’t want simple mistakes or disagreements in terms of how the person is cared for to come back to haunt them. Are there ways caregivers can wisely protect themselves from legal action by enacting certain contracts before they begin their service? Kirk Lyons, Elder Care Lawyer gives his insights into this issue during this conversation. It’s part of the Family Caregiver Summit that will add tremendous value to you, so be sure you take the time to listen.

What You’ll Discover in This Interview:

  • How does an Elder Care Lawyer help caregivers.
  • What is a Power of Attorney and how can it be created?
  • Creating various powers of attorney for different people and communicating them clearly.
  • What is a living trust or an irrevocable trust?
  • The benefits of having legal counsel on these specialized issues.
  • Can you draft your own last will and testament? Here are some tips.
  • How wills should be arranged in light of medicaid benefits and claims.
  • What are “look back” laws and how to they figure into these legal issues?
  • What is a “gun trust” and how does it fit into legal issues after death?
  • Where can caregivers find contracts that limit their liabilities as caregivers?
  • What are the legal liabilities a family incurs by hiring a caregiver?
  • What is the best next step a caregiver should take in these issues?