Experienced New York Elder Law Attorney Supports the Needs of Seniors
Accomplished lawyer advises clients in the Amherst area on the financial and healthcare issues affecting them
As you grow older, your interests and goals change. If you are retired, you want to ensure you have the financial means to meet your current and future needs, which may involve downsizing, moving to assisted living or getting skilled nursing care. Careful planning can help you to anticipate the costs and be prepared for them. At Valerie L. Stanek, Attorney at Law, as an experienced elder law attorney, I understand how to address the singular challenges exclusive to seniors. I provide knowledgeable advice and advocacy to help seniors and their families in the Amherst area and throughout New York deal with the realities of aging.
New York attorney assists with a range of elder law issues
There are a host of issues that seniors and their families must deal with. At Valerie L. Stanek, Attorney at Law, I provide skilled guidance for older clients in the community and region in a wide range of matters that affect them specifically, including:
- Wills and trusts
- Tax issues
- Social Security benefits
- Medicare and Medicaid coverage
- Nursing home and assisted living care
- In-home medical care
- Powers of attorney
- Medical directives and living wills
- Elder abuse
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Age discrimination
My firm offers comprehensive advice and skilled advocacy for clients who need legal assistance with any of these concerns.
Dedicated elder law advocate advises on healthcare protections
Access to affordable medical care is essential to your health and quality of life as you age. I assist clients in Medicare and Medicaid planning so that they will be eligible for skilled and long-term care in the event they need it. I help seniors and their families to navigate these government programs so that they have access to the medical treatments, diagnostic tests and medications available to them. I can assist with setting up trusts so that funds will be available when needed while protecting clients' assets and limiting their tax liability.
Skilled counselor assists with comprehensive estate planning
I can advise you on the most successful ways to achieve your estate planning goals. Through meticulous analysis, I guide you on how best to transfer your assets, minimize estate taxes, establish guardianship for minor children, support personal philanthropic causes and even protect a beloved pet. I can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts and other legal instruments beneficial to your estate. My firm can also help you plan your future medical care and make crucial end-of-life decisions by drafting legally valid advance directives. These documents ensure your intentions will be honored if you become unable to communicate them yourself.
Knowledgeable adviser helps seniors to maintain financial independence
Most of us look forward to the time when we no longer need to work. While retirement ideally affords people the opportunity to enjoy family, travel and hobbies, it requires careful planning. Living on a fixed income can create financial stress for seniors, and age-related illnesses can affect the independence they wish to maintain. I can help you organize your affairs and plan for your retirement so you have the ability to live as you wish for as long as possible. If you choose to continue working, I am also prepared to protect your rights in the workplace should you face age discrimination.
Contact a New York elder law attorney for responsive support
Valerie L. Stanek, Attorney at Law represents seniors and their families throughout New York in a wide range of elder law issues. To learn how I can help, call me at 716-800-2861 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Amherst office.