Hospice is a unique approach to end of life care in which the main focus is quality of life with the care often provided within the person’s home. Hospice allows for dignity and comfort by having treatment focus on pain management while also providing emotional and spiritual counseling.
Before entering hospice, one should consult with an elder law attorney who understands the wide range of financial and legal issues that can arise during end of life treatment. Below is a list of specific reasons why an elder law attorney can be very helpful.
- Your attorney should concentrate their practice to these types of issues. Helping families through these difficult times requires a certain set of skills in order to understand the law and the emotional strains clients may face. You will feel greater peace of mind having an attorney who has helped countless other families with the same issues.
- Your attorney should understand government programs. Today, there are many government programs available for seniors. An attorney who has experience in this area will be able to know which programs are best for you and how to deal with the government.
- An attorney should have the necessary knowledge and experience to protect your hard earned assets. You’ve spent your entire life working to accumulate assets and an experienced attorney can help ensure that you pass as much as possible to your family.
- Your attorney needs to understand how to avoid probate. An experienced elder law attorney will be able to discuss many different ways to pass assets to family without going through probate court. This way you can arrange your estate to avoid probate when appropriate to save your family time and money.
All of these reasons highlight why it is important to hire an attorney who devotes most of their practice to elder law and understands the sensitive needs of hospice patients.