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Are You Prepared To Face Elder Law Issues?

Are You Prepared To Face Elder Law Issues?

It is my personal and professional experience that dealing with elder issues can be one of the most challenging tasks one faces during a lifetime. Although a myriad of programs and benefits are available for many, lack of education and expertise in deciphering complex laws relating to these benefits makes them almost inaccessible. This article can only touch upon a few issues of concern and is intended to trigger a more expanded inquiry and search by the readers.

Government Benefits: Almost everyone knows about Social Security Retirement (SSR) benefits available to individuals based on their work history and age of retirement. What is not known to many is the challenging road to receiving the Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits which often requires perseverance, and most likely legal representation, when the diagnosis of disability does not squarely fit the definitions provided by the law.

A whole separate area of benefits are available to elders, the blind or disabled, merely on the basis of financial need and per a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility criteria. Health and care programs are also available through Medicare (National Health program for 65 and older, or younger if received SSDI for 24 months), Medi-Cal (for low income seniors), Nursing Home Medi-Cal (subject to eligibility criteria), In-Home support Services (IHSS), and Veterans Aid & Attendance (A & A) Pension.

Healthcare and Financial Decisions: Many tools are available to allow the elderly to maintain control over their own health and financial decision for as long as they are in full command of their mental faculties. Using such tools as Power of Attorney for Health Care (PAHC) and Durable Power of Attorney For Financial Matters (DPAFM), can bring long lasting peace of mind if the right agent is selected. Unfortunately, in the absence of these documents, the individual’s friends and family members, or conservators and agents appointed by a court, may become the decision maker for the elder person or their estate.

Plan early to consult experts in the areas of Elder Law and avoid undesirable consequences and inevitable conflict.

Customer Reviews

The Law Office Of Soheila Azizi & Associates, P.C.

Customer Reviews

Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.