Maine Elder Law Attorneys
Our lawyers are ready to help you with your legal needs
Since our founding in Waterville in 1979, the lawyers at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC have handled many different types of cases. We recognize that people face different legal issues as they age. That’s why one of the legal services we provide is helping residents in the practice area of elder law.
When people get older, they eventually reach a point where they need others to care of their health and financial needs. It is important to take legal steps to protect yourself and your assets. Our elder law attorneys help clients with matters involving health care, estate planning and other long-term planning. Some questions that you may have regarding elder law are:
What is the purpose of a will?
A will is an important document that everyone should have prepared. It lets you decide how your assets will be distributed after you die. You decide who gets your money, how your family members will be taken care of, and what happens to your home, additional property and any other assets, such as a family business. Our attorneys can help you draft a will that makes your instructions clear and legally binding so that your final wishes are carried out.
What is a trust?
If you receive medical care through Medicaid, federal law requires that states seek reimbursement from your estate. An asset protection trust is one way to protect certain assets from being turned over to the government. Other types of trusts can help your loved ones avoid probate (a revocable trust) or estate taxes (an irrevocable trust) after you die. Our attorneys can go over your options, the pros and cons of each, and help you set up a trust that is appropriate for your needs.
Do you need a lawyer for a durable power of attorney?
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives a person of your choosing the authority to act on your behalf should you become incapacitated. A medical power of attorney lets a person make your health care decisions, if you are too ill or injured to make them on your own. A financial power of attorney lets a person manage your financial affairs. Our lawyers can help answers your questions about these documents and help you draw them up.
What is the purpose of probate?
Probate is the legal process of distributing people’s assets after they die. If there is a will, it is submitted to the probate court and a judge will appoint an executor (usually named in the will) to distribute assets. If there is no will, the process becomes much more complicated and the court makes decisions about what to do with the assets. An attorney can help explain the probate process and whether your estate will need to go through it.
Our attorneys can also help with other elder law issues. We understand the issues that people face as they grow older. We are ready to advise you on the steps you can take to help you deal with those issues. We’ve earned a reputation as a law firm Mainers trust, and are proud of the testimonials we’ve received.