Elder Law

The elder law attorneys at Sullivan Estate Law, P.C. offer a wide range of legal services to assist older and disabled people. We offer advice to older people and their families on matters involving healthcare, long-term care planning, wealth transfer and estate planning, real estate, and disability planning. An elder law attorney can create a plan to preserve your assets while paying for nursing home care, and address concerns about pensions, Medicare, and Medicaid.

If you and your family need assistance planning for long-term healthcare, accessing benefits, or planning for end-of-life care, Sullivan Estate Law can help by starting this sometimes-difficult conversation, and walking you through the process.

Our elder law practice is built on the foundational ideals of listening, providing legal advice in plain English, and working to make your plans a reality.

What Is Elder Law?

Elder law focuses on planning and preparing for situations that will arise as we grow older and possibly become disabled or incapacitated. Our elder law services include:

  • Medicaid planning
  • Asset protection
  • Medicaid applications
  • Veterans Asset Protection Trusts
  • Real estate transfers
  • How to avoid Guardianship proceedings
  • How to avoid probate
  • Estate planning including Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Wills, and Durable Financial Power of Attorney

Jim Sullivan is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and the first and one of only a few to be certified in the state. He is also a member of Elder Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

Planning for Long-term Care

Long-term care planning strategies address how you will pay for professional in-home care or an extended stay in a long-term care facility. A long-term care plan provides clarity on a wide range of issues that include eligibility for Medicaid, Medicare, and estate planning to maximize your resources in the event that you require long-term care.

Medicaid Asset Protection

Qualifying and applying for Medicaid is a time-consuming and detailed process. Unnecessary delays can result in significant costs. Other times, an older person may lose Medicaid eligibility because of poor estate planning and lack of knowledge about the consequences of making gifts.

A knowledgeable and experienced elder law attorney can help your family preserve a loved one’s eligibility for Medicaid through sound estate planning. To preserve Medicaid eligibility while protecting and conserving assets are needed for long-term care, your attorney may recommend the use of a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT).

Veterans Planning and Veteran’s Asset Protection

Disabled veterans qualify for the same types of financial assistance as the general public, but may be eligible for additional benefits through the Veterans Administration. A veteran or spouse of a veteran may qualify for approximately $1,130 (individual) or $2,085 (couple) per month to make up the difference for unreimbursed medical expenses associated with activities of daily living.

A Veterans Asset Protection Trust may be a useful estate planning tool that can protect assets while allowing a veteran to qualify for VA assistance programs.

Guardianship Applications

We advise clients on how to avoid guardianship proceedings through the use of advance directives. In those situations where we have not had the opportunity to put in place those tools, and someone is unable to handle their day-to-day affairs, we advise families on navigating the process whereby the court can appoint a Guardian to be responsible for the person’s financial, medical, or personal matters. But courts do not easily grant guardianships. By granting a guardianship, the court gives the Guardian significant control over the incapacitated person or “Ward.” To successfully petition for a guardianship, you should work with an experienced guardianship attorney at Sullivan Estate Law who will guide you through the application process and advise you on what you can and cannot do as a guardian.

Sullivan Estate Law: Protect What Matters Most

As people age, they fear a loss of independence, declining health, no longer being able to live at home, and running out of money. An experienced elder law attorney can ease these concerns by creating a holistic estate plan that proactively addresses end of life planning, the cost of long-term care, and estate planning.

At Sullivan Estate Law, we help people preserve what they have worked their entire lives for and leave a legacy for the next generation. Our attorneys will carefully listen, explain your options, and compassionately work to create a plan that meets your family’s goals.

From our offices in North Kingstown, we have been proudly serving people throughout Rhode Island since 1955.

Meet our team, learn what to expect when you work with us, and read testimonials from other people we’ve helped. Then contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help.