“But his delight is in the law of the Lord.” — Psalm 1:2
Like traditional elder law firms, Legacy Estate Planning helps families protect elderly and disabled loved ones' assets from the high cost of long-term care. But we don't stop there. Our multi-disciplinary team helps families respond to every twist and turn in the long-term care journey, including problems asset-focused firms don't address, such as care coordination, patient advocacy, insurance issues, and more. Our approach works because it is built on a relationship of trust and confidence between your family and ours. It's just one of the things that set us apart from other firms.
Legacy Estate Planning uses a model called the Elder Care Continuum to help families understand the natural progression of a long-term illness and its impact on a loved one's health, mobility, housing and financial resources.
The Elder Care Continuum helps families view the care journey as a process that begins well before what we call "the crisis point," which happens when families realize that a loved one can no longer safely live at home. At the crisis point, caregivers find themselves scrambling to make immediate arrangements for long-term care, often under great pressure, and wondering how they will pay for that care.
We believe that the long-term care journey begins with what we call a "trigger event." It could be a stroke, a car accident or a fall in the home. It could be a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, cancer or another condition that may eventually lead to incapacity. Once the trigger event happens, family caregivers gradually step in to assume the responsibility for researching, coordinating, and delivering care, and managing more and more of the loved one's financial, legal, and personal matters. Over time, these burdens can become overwhelming.
Families often need more help early in the care journey than they realize. Unfortunately, traditional elder law attorneys, Medicaid planners, and senior advisors are limited in their ability to help earlier in the process because their focus is on the money. For many families, however, the long-term care journey is about much more than money. It's about making sure the loved one is safe and well cared for. It's about quality of life.
When you meet with the Legacy Estate Planning firm during your initial consultation, the focus will be on locating your loved one's position on each line of the Elder Care Continuum. We will then help you identify gaps in care and suggest ways to mobilize resources and public benefits to close those gaps. The goal is to plan for the best care for your loved one, both now and in the future.
Life Care Planning is a new approach to the challenges created by long life and disability.
Law firms that practice this unique, elder-centered specialty of elder law are called Life Care Planning Law Firms. As a Life Care Planning Law Firm, Legacy Estate Planning features an interdisciplinary team that works together to identify present and potential future care needs, locate appropriate care, and ensure high-quality care.
A Life Care Plan defines, organizes, prioritizes, and mobilizes every aspect of an elder's care. In addition to traditional asset-focused elder law services that help elders qualify for public benefits while preserving family wealth to the greatest extent possible, a Life Care Plan typically includes provisions for care coordination and other forms of family support.
The goal of Life Care Planning is to promote and maintain the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of elders. Every Life Care Plan is designed to achieve three primary objectives:
Legacy Estate Planning uses a model called the Elder Care Continuum to help families understand the natural progression of aging and its impact on a loved one's health, mobility, housing, and financial resources. An initial meeting with Legacy Estate Planning may focus on the elderly loved one's place on each line of the Elder Care Continuum. Gaps in care can then be identified and solutions discussed for closing those gaps.