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Elder Law Attorneys in Virginia Beach

Elder Law

The “graying of America” has made Elder Law a burgeoning area of need and importance. Elder Law encompasses many aspects of the law as it applies to seniors. In addition to traditional estate planning, Elder Law services we provide include:

Long-Term Care Planning

The skyrocketing costs of long-term care must be considered in anyone’s estate plan. For 2018, the average cost of long-term care across Virginia (except for northern Virginia) is $6,422 per month. Medicare pays a portion of the first 100 days in a long-term care facility. After that, the expenses of long-term care are covered by private payment, long-term care insurance, Veterans benefits, and/or Medicaid.

We can assist with your long-term care planning in a variety of ways:

  • Analyze your long-term care insurance policy and explain its provisions.
  • Break down the complex resource and income rules of Medicaid for clients in need of assistance in paying for long-term care.
  • Provide recommendations for converting existing assets to exempt resources for Medicaid qualification purposes.
  • Advise the “Community Spouse” who wishes to preserve assets for his or her own future needs while the “Institutionalized Spouse” is in a long-term care facility and receiving Medicaid assistance.

Guardianship and Conservatorships

Adult guardianships and conservatorships are the only mechanisms by which a party receives authority to make decisions for an incapacitated person who did not plan for his or her incapacity by preparing a power of attorney or a trust. (In some cases, where families are in conflict or a named agent under a power of attorney has been grossly negligent or engaged in misconduct, a guardianship and/or conservatorship is unavoidable even if estate planning documents are prepared.)

Guardians are appointed by the circuit court to make health care, living and well-being decisions for an incapacitated person. Conservators are appointed to make financial decisions and manage the assets/property of an incapacitated person. The process of being appointed a guardian and/or conservator can be lengthy. It involves procuring a physician’s evaluation that the appointment is needed, a guardian ad litem (GAL) appointed by the court to ensure that the guardianship and/or conservatorship is in the allegedly incapacitated person’s best interests, and a hearing where a judge hears evidence and determines whether to appoint the guardian and/or conservator and what powers they should hold.

We can guide parties who need to be appointed as guardian and/or conservator of a loved one through the steps of the appointment process and advise them of their duties and reporting requirements once appointed.

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Client Testimonials

James

“I will never regret seeking (Reeves Mahoney’s) counsel … You’ve given me a lot of great advice and insight and that I’ll never regret any penny that I paid to gain that. … I just wanted to let you know that you provided a great service to me today and I will be eternally grateful.”
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2018-04-18T21:00:33+00:00
“I will never regret seeking (Reeves Mahoney’s) counsel … You’ve given me a lot of great advice and insight and that I’ll never regret any penny that I paid to gain that. … I just wanted to let you know that you provided a great service to me today and I will be eternally grateful.”

Michele

“Shantell’s knowledge, skill and compassion put me at ease during an extremely trying period. She and her team worked tirelessly to overcome many obstacles and ensure the outcome in my case was equitable…I sincerely appreciate all their hard work!”
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2018-04-18T21:02:09+00:00
“Shantell’s knowledge, skill and compassion put me at ease during an extremely trying period. She and her team worked tirelessly to overcome many obstacles and ensure the outcome in my case was equitable…I sincerely appreciate all their hard work!”

Sarah

“Andy and his paralegal, Nancy, are wonderful. I had an entire custody reversal made, which I have come to understand is a rarity. Andy is clearly knowledgeable about family law and well respected by the court.”
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2018-04-18T21:02:26+00:00
“Andy and his paralegal, Nancy, are wonderful. I had an entire custody reversal made, which I have come to understand is a rarity. Andy is clearly knowledgeable about family law and well respected by the court.”

Yusun

“I am very thankful for all of your services. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this without you all. Your help was priceless.”
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2018-04-18T21:03:02+00:00
“I am very thankful for all of your services. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this without you all. Your help was priceless.”
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