San Ramon Elder Law Attorney
Understanding Estate Planning
Elder law is a broad term used to describe areas of law important to senior
citizens. The two main categories of elder law are estate planning and
healthcare issues. Contrary to what some may believe, estate planning
is not just for the wealthy. An estate is simply everything that you own.
Regardless of the size of your estate, it is important to have a plan
Estate planning could drastically cut down on the confusion and conflict your family will
face should you pass away. An estate plan could also help your family
to avoid going through probate; the size of the estate will determine
how thorough your plan will have to be.
The most common way that people plan their estate is by creating a will.
Again, depending on the size of the estate, a will could be a simple one-page
document or a huge volume. A trust could be a supplement to or a replacement
of a will. There are different types of trusts, but they involve the trustor
signing over their property to a trustee to manage until it is given to
the beneficiary. If you need an attorney for an elder law case in Contra
Costa County, the please contact our
San Ramon elder law attorneys today!
Medicare & Medicaid Planning
Medicare and Medicaid are two very different things.
Medicaid is a program set up by the federal government, which was designed to assist
low-income families and individuals.
Medicare, on the other hand, is designed specifically for senior citizens because
of their increasing healthcare costs. Every U.S. senior citizen is entitled
to Medicare, because they have been paying for it their whole lives through
Social Security taxes. If you have any question regarding estate planning,
Medicaid, or another elder law issue, please do not hesitate to
contact a Contra Costa County elder lawyer from Blackwell, Santaella & Jahangiri LLP today!