Providing The Elder Law Information You Need

Elder law is a very complex, specialized area of law that encompasses many issues. At Stern, Keilty & Wall, LLC, we concentrate a significant portion of our practice on meeting the elder law needs of families across Eastern Massachusetts and the North Shore.

Our practice in this field includes long-term planning, Medicaid planning and crisis situation management. Attorney Susan Wall, who has worked in this field since 1991, leads our elder law practice. In that time, she has gained a reputation for her strong advocacy and knowledgeable counsel. She is a respected resource for many local elders and their families.

Helping Families Plan For MassHealth Eligibility

Medicaid, known as MassHealth in Massachusetts, is a program which, among other things, funds long-term nursing home care. Planning can help elders preserve and protect assets from nursing home costs. Various strategies are available to shelter the primary residence and other assets from consideration when applying for Medicaid benefits. It is a good idea to plan for Medicaid eligibility or at least educate yourself about the advantages and disadvantages of doing so before a crisis occurs. Considering the ever-increasing costs of nursing home care, decades of savings could be depleted in months. With that said, our law firm can take steps to help protect a family's assets while obtaining Medicaid eligibility.

Obtaining Guardianships And Conservatorships For Vulnerable Adults

A portion of our elder law practice involves establishing guardianships and conservatorships for elderly adults who are no longer able to manage their affairs. Our law firm regularly advises adult children who are concerned that their parents are no longer able to stay in the family home or care for themselves.

In some cases, family members are seeking to assist family members who, due to a dementia-related or other debilitating illness, are no longer able to make financial or medical decisions for themselves. In many cases, family members are seeking to have loved ones admitted to nursing homes, assisted living facilities or other supported living options, but simply lack the legal authority to do so. Our attorneys also represent family members of vulnerable adults requesting a guardianship or conservatorship before the court.

Contact Stern, Keilty & Wall, LLC

At Stern, Keilty & Wall, LLC, we offer a blend of estate planning, elder law, disability law, real estate law, and estate administration that provides support and counsel to clients along the continuum of lifetime planning.

We are located in historic Downtown Salem. Call 978-219-9932 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation. We offer evening and weekend appointments by request. We can also arrange off-site appointments for those unable to travel or in emergency situations.