Elder Law

Specializing Attorneys

Elder law cases often involve sensitive subjects, and our clients often come to us concerned that their assets will be diminished by medical costs and other end-of-life issues. We are compassionate and straightforward legal counselors for our clients, and we guide them in their desires to protect what they have earned and hope to pass on to their children and other beneficiaries of their estates.

There is much that can be done to protect an estate with many options in careful long-term care and Medicaid planning. Pre-emptive transfers of property and establishing irrevocable trusts before one needs Medicaid assistance can protect the estate, bring beneficiaries peace of mind and ensure Medicaid qualifications are achieved.

Our Commitment To Your Care And Intentions

At Van DeWater & Van DeWater, we strive to help our clients plan well in advance of life-altering events that would require Medicaid assistance, long-term care or guardianship. In a thorough estate plan, our Poughkeepsie elder law attorneys help our clients establish a series of legal orders that establish their wishes regarding health care, finances, businesses, real estate and any other legal issues.

Our firm’s partner attorneys oversee every case that we handle, so you can rest assured that your elder law needs are receiving comprehensive review and advisory services from some of the most experienced and respected estate planning lawyers in New York’s Mid-Hudson region.

We advise all of our clients on the following:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Health care proxy
  • Medical directives/advance directives
  • Estate administration
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Tax planning
  • Annuities

What If You Need Medicaid Now?

If you need long-term, assisted living or nursing home care now, but don’t want to liquidate your estate in an inefficient and costly manner, we can help you better afford the costs of care by converting assets to income with the use of an annuity. You may be able to qualify for Medicaid while shifting ownership of assets and income to your children or your spouse who doesn’t need Medicaid. If this sounds confusing or too good be true, let us explain it in simple terms in person or over the phone.