Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

Our Estate Law Attorneys Serve San Jose and Danville

It can be difficult to acknowledging that you are aging or to deal with the little stresses that begin to pile up as you grow older. Your family continues to grow and expand, but you find yourself unable to continue caring for everyone. You may have family members with special needs or other concerns that continue past your generation. It is important to remember you are not alone. An elder law attorney can help you create certainty in an unknown future.

Do not gamble with your future or the futures of your loved ones. Instead, plan ahead with an estate law attorney to protect yourself as you age. At Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, we provide full-service estate planning for elderly clients. From basic estate and incapacity planning to administering complex cases, we can protect your assets from financial abuse. Our law firm cares about your family from your point of view. We can investigate your estate and advise you on nursing care, estate plan modifications and powers of attorney. Even if you are not even close to considering retirement, we can advise you how to plan for aging to protect you and your estate.

How Do I Plan My Estate?

The San Jose and Danville elder law lawyers at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP can help you prepare for aging. If you become incapacitated or require skilled and long-term nursing care, then we work with your Medi-Cal eligibility. This can help you with planning, share-of-cost reduction planning, and estate recovery planning.

As leaders in the field of estate planning, our attorneys can help you with asset protection and wealth preservation. This includes protection of beneficiaries’ interests in the estate, while preserving Medi-Cal qualification. Our law firm uses tools such as trusts, spending down, immediate annuities, and other estate planning instruments.

Our San Jose elder law attorneys provide incapacity planning services using powers of attorney for financial matters. We also are experienced utilizing advance healthcare directives to avoid conservatorships, should you become incapacitated in your old age. In some cases, an elderly person may already be incapacitated, in which case a conservatorship is necessary. We assist family members and interested parties in establishing conservatorships for the protection of the conservatee and their estate.

Our elder law attorneys can also monitor conservatorships and represent conservatees, conservators, and other interested persons when the conservatorship is contested. With creativity and passion, our elder law attorneys represent conservatees by court appointment as private counsel in complex conservatorship cases.

What Is Financial Elder Abuse?

Financial elder abuse is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elderly person’s funds, property, assets or estate. This may include the abuse of conservatorships, powers of attorney, trusts, or other fiduciary relationships. Generally, a wrongfully acquired interest of any other party may contribute to financial elder abuse. Unfortunately, financial elder abuse involves caregivers, who may try to influence their elderly charges into changing wills or trusts. When financial elder abuse happens, it creates financial and emotional stress for the whole family.

Often, these actions can devalue an estate or result in a wrongfully acquired interest. Our San Jose and Danville elder law attorneys assist in the protection of elders from financial abuse by monitoring estates. From start to finish, we monitor your assets and plan for their protection. We represent elderly clients in actions against fiduciaries and others whose wrongful or illegal actions cause harm. We can also provide beneficiary representation, including pursuing financial elder abuse actions on behalf of beneficiaries whose interests are detrimentally affected.

Need Help Planning Your Estate? Call a San Jose Elder Law Attorney

Are you preparing for your future healthcare options? Concerned about losing your assets to nursing home costs? Do you have special concerns, such as a disabled beneficiary? Elder law is complex and overlaps with many other areas of law. Do not diminish your legacy due to something preventable. Our law firm has the passion, experience and resources to help you blueprint your family’s future. Therefore, let us help you establish or modify the ever-changing needs of your estate plan.

The California elder law attorneys of Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP know how to protect the elderly and their beneficiaries. We can answer your questions about gift tax, inheritance tax, power of attorney, living trusts and other concerns. If you have an elder law issue, then our San Jose and Danville elder law attorneys are available for consultation. Call our San Jose office at 408-998-9500, our Danville office at 408-998-9500 or contact Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP online. We serve Fremont, Walnut Creek, Danville, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa, as well as Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Francisco, and other counties.