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Senior Law/Elder Law:  Some basic information

"Senior Law" or "Elder Law" generally refers to the kinds of legal issues that typically impact members of this age group.

The issues might include:
      ·  planning the best way to benefit from your real estate
      ·  establishing a future residence
      ·  managing insurance in the most useful way
      ·  drafting a will or trust that reflects your current desires
      ·  advising your physician and family of personal medical decisions
      ·  determining private benefits you are entitled to
      ·  determining government benefits you are entitled to
      ·  preparing a plan for care of yourself and your family
      ·  devising a plan for managing your money or other property
      ·  planning for taxation of your property and income
      ·  protecting yourself from inadequate care, exploitation, or fraud
      ·  other issues unique to your situation

An attorney can help analyze your situation and assist you in determining what options are most desirable.


Here are 4 important rules:

1.    Don't put it off.   If you want assistance, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

2.    Gather your records.
    You and your attorney can accomplish much more if you have everything in front of you. Without all the records, you will be unable to get the whole picture and proceed. You will also waste time and money re-tracing steps, holding further conferences, and conducting further searches. You may also overlook something important.

3.    Ask yourself what you want to accomplish.    Is there a person or charity you want to provide for especially? Is there something you want to change or improve in your living situation? Is there a situation that has been neglected? Is there an asset that is giving you trouble? What would you change if you could?

4.    Don't hold back - be sure to tell your attorney everything.    This is the time to discuss your goals and desires. You should feel free to tell your attorney your concerns and hopes. This way you can better explore the opportunities for achieving what you would like. Don't assume that anything is hopeless.




** ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THESE IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX MATTERS. **


GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
of the Minnesota Bar and United States District Court

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL, LEGAL SERVICES
PRACTICING ELDER LAW AND PLANNING IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA
MEMBER, REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION OF THE MINNESOTA BAR ASSOCIATION


St. Cloud - St. Joseph, Minnesota
Phone (320) 251-0222 | (320) 363-0414

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