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Elder Law

Seniors and older people face unique legal issues, ranging from estate taxes and trusts to nursing home abuse and fraud. Whether you are a senior yourself, or you are looking for legal help with a parent, grandparent, or loved one, Montana Legal Advisors is dedicated to helping individuals and families with all major aspects of elder law issues.

We can assist you with a wide range of elder law issues, including:

  • Estate planning. With each passing year, estate planning becomes more important, both to individuals and to their families. We can assist you with your last will and testament, your medical care instructions, your life insurance plans, your trusts, and tax issues related to all of the above.
  • Assisted living issues. Many seniors either eventually need assisted living or are currently in a nursing home. Assisted living legal issues may include long-term care financing, elder abuse or elder neglect, elder financial abuse, Medicaid and Medicare issues, medical decision making, and retirement benefits planning.
  • Last will and testament. When it comes to estate planning, there is no more important document than your last will and testament. We are here to help you draft your will or simply to review your will and make certain it is valid and accurate.
  • Guardianships. If your elderly parent or loved one is no longer capable of clear-minded decision making, and if they do not have an advanced directive or power of attorney in place, guardianship may be the best option for your family. We can assist you with the process of going to court and becoming the legal guardian of your loved one.
  • Social Security benefits. You and your loved ones should receive the fair and ┬ájust amount of Social Security, whether retirement benefits or disability benefits. We can help you navigate the system, understand the law, and secure the maximum amount that you deserve.
  • Grandparent visitation rights. Death, divorce, or estrangement can tear families apart, leaving grandparents without relationships with their grandchildren. Under Montana law, grandparents have “reasonable rights to contact” their grandchildren and may be granted visitation if it is in the best interests of the child.
  • Elder abuse and neglect. Sadly, elder abuse and neglect are issues in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult daycares, and even in private homes. If your senior loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect, you may need legal assistance to get justice and compensation.
  • Fraud and senior scams. Elder financial abuse and elder fraud is rampant, and seniors can lose everything that they have worked for during their lives. Elder financial fraud can range from unlawful nursing home charges to mail fraud.

Elder Law & Limited Scope Representation

Montana Legal Advisors offers limited scope representation: stand-alone legal services that are billed at flat rates or hourly rates. Instead of the expense of hiring a full-representation attorney to take on your case in its entirety, limited scope representation allows you to hire a lawyer only for the legal information and services you choose.

In the area of elder law, this means that you can seek out our legal assistance to review a will you have written yourself, or to help with legal research on a case in which you are representing yourself. In fact, many types of elder law issues lend themselves well to limited scope representation.

Montana Legal Advisors

Do you have a question about a senior legal issue, either regarding yourself or a loved one? Are you looking for limited legal help, or just a little advice from an attorney? We may be able to help. Call our office today, or fill out the quick contact form on this page to meet our team and learn more about our services.