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Elder Law and Guardianship

The legal issues facing the elderly are unique and complicated.

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If you have concerns about long term health care, asset protection, nursing home costs and Medicaid, or guardianship issues, call the New Jersey elder law attorneys at Hoffman & Hoffman.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

A guardianship is a legal process appointing someone trusted to care for an incapacitated person. That person may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, or have other issues that make them vulnerable and in need of protection. When a person is no longer capable of caring for his or her needs, a guardian can manage his or her day to day affairs, including making proper medical and financial decisions. Conservators are appointed to handle mainly finances and have a more limited role than guardians. In order to become a guardian or conservator, a petition is filed with the probate court.

Guardianship applications must include two certifications from physicians who can verify the condition of the incapacitated person. The court then appoints its own attorney to represent the vulnerable person. The court appointed attorney will verify that a guardian or conservator is needed and if not, can contest the application on behalf of the client.

The New Jersey Guardianship and Conservatorship attorneys at Hoffman & Hoffman have years of experience advocating for guardians and incapacitated persons. Brian L. Hoffman has been appointed by the Monmouth County Probate Court in numerous guardianship matters and can answer all of your questions regarding guardianship.

Long-term care planning

If you or a family member needs to move into a nursing home or assisted living, protecting assets and qualifying for Medicaid is a major issue. Let the experienced Monmouth County Medicaid attorneys at Hoffman & Hoffman guide you through this complicated process.

Comprehensive Estate Planning

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Living Wills and Medical Directives
  • Trusts

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