Melville, NY, Elder Law Lawyer

Schneider, Garrastegui, & Fedele, PLLC provides elder law services that empower seniors.
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Elder Law in Melville, NY

Growing older comes with a unique set of challenges, and it’s easy to feel out of control. While you can’t stop the aging process, you can use legal strategies and tools to protect yourself now and in the future. The right strategies will empower you as you age while providing the protection you need, even if you become incapacitated.

Our Melville, NY, elder law attorneys provide services in English and Spanish so that you can communicate your needs and goals without fear. After speaking with the attorney, your lawyer can help you create a plan that might include powers of attorney, long-term care planning, and additional strategies. Since each situation is different, it’s important to consult with an attorney about your specific needs. Reach out for a strategy session today.

What is Elder Law?

Our Melville, NY, elder law attorneys can assist with a range of services. Contact us for assistance with:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Medicaid planning
  • Medicaid applications
  • Asset protection
  • Guardianships
  • Powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Probate
  • Estate administration

These are just some of the services we offer. If you need help navigating the legal issues that arise with aging, reach out to our firm today.

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Why Choose Schneider, Garrastegui, & Fedele, Pllc?

  • Hyper-focused on Your Needs – While some firms dabble in numerous practice areas, we focus on elder law and real estate. Our limited scope of practice allows us to stay up-to-date and provide hyper-focused, client-centric legal services.
  • Highly Rated – Our firm has accumulated numerous 5-star reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Avvo.
  • Two Locations to Serve You – Visit our fully staffed Class A office space in Melville, NY, or make an appointment at our satellite office in Hauppauge, NY.
  • Small Firm with Big Firm Assets – As a small firm, you can expect hands-on, customized service with us. At the same time, our assets are comparable to a much larger firm, so we have the resources to help clients of varying and even challenging needs.
  • Bilingual Support – With both English and Spanish-speaking staff and attorneys, you’ll feel at home at our firm.

Ensure Your Healthcare Wishes Are Carried Out

If you become incapacitated, someone else will have to make your healthcare decisions for you. You’re likely worried that the person selected won’t make the same choices you would if given a chance. Fortunately, our Melville, NY elder law attorneys can draft documents to ensure your wishes are honored as you grow older.

First, your attorney can help you designate a healthcare agent by way of a healthcare proxy. You will select an agent to act on your behalf in the event of incapacitation. Thus, you won’t have to worry about the court selecting someone who doesn’t have your interests in mind.

Then we can assist with a living will that outlines your wishes when receiving end-of-life medical care. Your healthcare agent will use the living will as a guide when making decisions.

These are just two of the ways our firm can empower you as you grow older. Contact us today to learn more about maintaining control while aging.

Wills And Trusts

Estate planning is an important component of elder law. That includes creating wills and trusts to determine how your property will be distributed when you pass away. At the minimum, you need a legally binding last will and testament, but many people also include revocable or irrevocable trusts. Unlike wills, the assets inside of a trust don’t go through probate, so you can keep your affairs private while ensuring your loved ones receive the property you’ve left behind.

If you decide to distribute your property through a trust, you still may need a pour-over will. This document will protect you if you forget to transfer property into your trust. It will send all remaining property to the trust, and then the trustee will distribute it. Reach out to our Melville, NY, lawyer today to learn more about wills, trusts, and other tools.

Avoid Guardianships With An Elder Law Attorney

You might have a friend or family member that had to go through a legal hearing for guardianship after becoming incapacitated. The judge appointed a guardian at the hearing, and that person cared for your incapacitated loved one. These hearings are challenging for all parties, and you’d like to avoid the same fate if possible. Fortunately, your Melville, NY, elder law attorney can draft powers of attorney and/or healthcare proxies to protect you in the future. These documents can kick in upon incapacitation so that you can avoid emotionally fraught legal proceedings. It’s important to get these documents in place before you need them, so contact our firm today.

Long-term Care Planning

Ensuring you’re able to receive proper long-term care is one of the most challenging aspects of growing older. Without proper planning, you might bankrupt your estate when obtaining medical care in a nursing home or at home. Fortunately, a Melville, NY, elder law attorney can assist with long-term care planning. Medicaid planning is one such option, but you can also consider life insurance and other strategies. With so many choices, it’s important to consult with an attorney to find the right option for you. Schedule a consultation with our Melville, NY, elder law attorney today.

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