Elder Law

Helping Seniors with their Legal Needs

As you grow older, your interests and goals change. You need an attorney who understands how to address the numerous challenges that impact seniors. At Drew & Cohen, P.C., we assist seniors with their legal issues, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Tax issues
  • Medicaid coverage
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills and Designation of Heath Care Representatives
  • Conservatorships

Assisting Seniors with Estate Planning

Through detailed and thorough analysis, we guide you on how best to transfer and title your assets, minimize estate taxes, protect beneficiaries from creditors, plan for beneficiaries with spendthrift tendencies, support charitable causes and even protect a beloved pet. We can prepare a complete estate plan that reflects and implements your goals and desires.

Helping You Determine Eligibility for Medicaid

Unlike Medicare, which is an insurance program, Medicaid is an assistance program that is administered by state and local governments under federal guidelines. Medicaid provides public tax dollars to help low-income people with their medical care and nursing home expenses. While Medicaid has strict requirements for eligibility, with proper planning, there are ways for individuals facing long-term nursing home stays to receive government assistance without forfeiting their homes or other assets.

Protecting Your Assets

In many cases, Drew & Cohen, P.C. can help ensure that you or a family member can receive the needed extended care without bankrupting a spouse or the rest of the family. We thoroughly review your finances then develop an asset protection plan to preserve your financial independence. Depending on your situation, the protections our plans offer may enable you to:

  • Retain ownership of your home
  • Legally transfer property without incurring transfer penalties
  • Protect your spouse's financial security

Using Our Experience to Secure the Best Outcome for You and Your Family

We deal with the complex federal and Connecticut Medicaid regulations, and can explain your rights and obligations to determine whether you are now – and can remain – eligible. We can help you get the maximum benefit under the law and avoid penalties and will explain opportunities and options to you that may include:

  • Properly preparing Medicaid applications
  • Life estate deeds
  • Annuities
  • Spousal protections
  • Guardianships
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney