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San Jose Elder Law Attorney

The interests of aging adults can be protected. All it takes is a good attorney – someone who truly cares about her clients and who has the experience necessary. At the Law Offices of Marleen Brady Kuttner, we assist clients in putting these measures in place. Our goal is to make sure that the interests of elderly clients are protected during their golden years, for long-term care and protection of assets.

Planning for the Future

Life gets busy. Planning can take a back burner to things that seem much more urgent. But planning is critical to protecting your loved ones' interests before it is too late. The proper documents should be possible while an elderly parent can participate in the decision making.

At our San Jose, California, area law firm, we focus on helping our clients plan medical and financial decision making, wealth management and for the possibility of long-term care:

  • Trusts, living trusts, and special needs trusts: These tools can protect assets and ensure money is available to assist a family member or an elder in need of caregiving, and who wishes to stay at home
  • Advanced health care directives: These documents give decision-making authority and guidance in advance on medical care should an elder be unable to communicate for himself or herself during a hospital stay.
  • Durable financial power of attorney: A durable financial power of attorney can allow a family member to carry out financial decisions on behalf of a senior, and pay bills for the senior, which can prevent the need for a conservatorship.

Protecting the People You Care About

We understand that there are times when unusual circumstances make it impossible to plan. An unexpected illness or accident can leave a person incapacitated. The sudden loss of a caretaking spouse can leave an elderly loved one alone. An Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis can change everything.

There are a variety of estate planning tools that can be useful to protect aging parents and grandparents, as well as other people you care about, such as developmentally delayed adult children, and your grandchildren. We will be happy to discuss guardianships and conservatorships , to help you care for a healthy, disabled, or elderly family member:

  • Conservatorships: When elderly parents lose capacity, their adult children often have a difficult time handling financial matters in their place. Having conservatorships put in place can make things easier. At our San Jose law firm, we guide clients through the legal system to help them take control so that they can help their loved one.
  • Guardianships: We also help clients in matters related to guardianships, helping protect the interests of disabled young adults, and grandchildren who are vulnerable. Many of the young adults we represent have been served by the regional centers in California. Others are minors who we establish grandparent guardianships for, when their own parents are unable to care for them. We know what they have been through and work hard to help make their lives easier.

Elder law is more complex than simple wills and trusts, particularly when assisted living, or skilled nursing care and Medicaid eligibility may potentially be required. Our founding attorney, Marleen Brady Kuttner, has extensive experience handling complex estate planning issues on behalf of elders and their families. At our law office, we can provide valuable guidance as you weigh competing concerns and make potentially difficult decisions regarding care and assets.

Contact a Campbell Long-Term Care Planning Lawyer

Contact the Law Offices of Marleen Brady Kuttner in Campbell, California, at 408-371-0854 to speak with a San Jose elder law attorney about the legal matters that affect you and the people you talk about and care about. Initial consultations are complimentary.

Sometimes it can be difficult to travel to a lawyer's office. Sometimes things just feel more comfortable in your own home. We understand. Home, hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility visits are available by request. Please do not hesitate to ask.

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