Elder Law Attorney

Elder Law Lexington specializes in elder law, special needs counseling, trust services and estate planning.

When looking for an elder law attorney, contact Elder Law Lexington. Our law firm is McClelland & Associates, PLLC and we concentrate on elder law, special needs counseling, trust services and estate planning. Elder Law Lexington specializes in personal service. Our process begins with listening carefully to each client to determine their planning goals, their concerns and their particular circumstances.

While a traditional law firm is focused primarily on functional expertise in a narrower legal practice area, Elder Law Lexington is client-centered and focused on the unique legal needs of the elderly and special needs families. Elder law is a relatively new field of law that deals with the issues faced by the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, the elderly. Elder law combines elements of Medicaid planning, special needs planning, adult guardianship, trusts, probate and estate planning. Elder law involves planning for complex health care, long-term care and other issues facing elderly and disabled individuals and their families. We prepare families for long-term care without exhausting their resources.

As people grow older, planning for the future becomes increasingly important. As people navigate the complex matters of estate and retirement planning, Social Security, Medicare, health care directives and long-term care, they’ll need sound legal advice and representation from an attorney they can trust to put their best interests first.

Without proper planning, best intentions may not be enough. Here are six of the most common estate planning mistakes people make:

  1. Failing to plan. The biggest mistake is failing to create a plan in the first place. Without an estate plan, assets will be distributed according to Kentucky law.
  2. Doing it yourself. It is impossible to know, without a legal education and years of experience, what the right legal solution is.
  3. Not planning for long-term care. A properly drafted estate plan not only specifies what will happen to assets upon death; it also plans for what happens if a person becomes incapacitated.
  4. Failing to fund a trust. Once an estate plan is drafted, the trust must be properly funded.
  5. Not checking on beneficiary designations. Retirement plan beneficiary designations must be periodically reviewed to make sure that plan is not outdated.
  6. Not reviewing the plan. It is important to keep the estate plan up to date. Circumstances change over time and estate plans need to keep up with the changes.

Here are some of the services that Elder Law Lexington provides:

  • Through the use of will-based and trust-based estate planning, we help our clients protect their current assets and plan for the future.
  • We help our clients empower trusted people to handle their health care and financial decisions if the client becomes incapacitated.
  • We create special needs trusts to ensure that disabled and special needs individuals continue to receive Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
  • We help our clients plan for long-term care, including Medicaid when appropriate.
  • We address probate concerns including estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships and Will disputes.

Robert McClelland holds an advanced Master of Laws degree in elder law from the Stetson University College of Law. He has been certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and is designated as a Certified Elder Law Attorney. With attorney Mark Maddox, the firm has counseled hundreds of clients concerning elder law issues.

Contact McClelland & Associates, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky for an experienced elder law attorney.