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Elder Law


Estate planning is more than just writing a will. It also means planning for the management and distribution of your financial affairs should you become disabled, planning for your health care needs if you are unable to speak for yourself and preserving as much of your legacy and financial independence as you can should you need long-term nursing home care. Planning in advance saves you money and anxiety.

The five basic estate planning documents are:

  1. Revocable trusts to avoid probate for will administration and guardianship of people with disabilities;
  2. Wills-(although wills alone don't avoid probate and a guardianship if you became disabled);
  3. Financial powers of attorney to preserve financial independence;
  4. Health care powers of attorney (you appoint someone to speak for you if you are unable to communicate with health care providers); and
  5. Living Wills (for those who do not want their dying process prolonged by mechanical and artificial means).
Sheila has drafted over 100 trusts, wills and powers of attorney for adults and senior citizens, and has represented senior citizens and their families in preserving assets when faced with long-term or nursing home care.


Medicaid Planning. In New Hampshire, Medicaid pays for Home and Community-based care for elderly people and people who are chronically ill, and nursing home care. The Medicaid rules are complex, but what most people do not know is that you do not have to be impoverished to be eligible for Medicaid if you are a senior citizen. Congress did not intend that nursing home residents have to spend all their assets before they are eligible for Medicaid. Protect your dignity, legacy and loved ones. Even if you are about to enter a nursing home, it is almost certainly not too late to learn about and benefit from the Medicaid laws.