“Elder law” is a relatively new area of the law that involves protecting the rights of the elderly. Aaron understands the unique challenges that aging presents for Indiana seniors and their loved ones. Some of the most common elder law issues involve wills, trusts, and estate planning, family disputes, advance directives, and elder abuse. If you or a loved one is facing any of these legal obstacles, you need an Anderson elder law attorney that understands the complexities of elder law in the State of Indiana. Aaron practices elder law right here in central Indiana and will make sure that your aging loved ones and their families are protected.Wills & Trusts
What is a will? A will is a legal document that protects the intentions of a testator upon his or her death. A properly executed will in the State of Indiana ensures that your property is distributed as you see fit upon your death. Without a will, you may not have any say in how your estate is distributed. Wills represent one of the most effective ways of protecting your family after you die. If you do not have a will or have an older will that you would like to update, Aaron can help you ensure that your estate is protected. Life is unpredictable—if you want the peace of mind of knowing that your family is protected, call Aaron today, and he will make sure that you understand all of your available options and help you through every stage of the process.
What if I die without a will? Someone who passes away without a will is said to die “intestate.” Without a will, an intestate decedent’s property will be distributed according to Indiana’s intestacy laws. In other words, if you die without a will, you will not have any say in how your property is given away.
How is a trust different than a will? A trust is a legal mechanism whereby a person (called a settlor) transfers property or assets to a trustee for the benefit of a loved one, who is called the trust beneficiary. Trusts can be useful for keeping property safe until a given condition is satisfied. If, for example, you want a loved one to receive property after they turn 21, a trust will protect that property and ensure that the beneficiary receives it when they turn 21. While wills and trusts are similar, a trust is completely non-probate, meaning that property held in trust will pass completely outside the probate court. Probate transfers generally take longer and are often more-costly than trust transfers.
An advance directive is a legal document that states what you would like to happen if you are ever physically or mentally incapacitated. Common advance directives state your preference for certain medical treatments, whether you would like to be placed on life support if you were ever terminally ill, or whom you would like to make decisions for you if you are ever incapacitated. Advance directives can protect your intentions and can ensure your right to refuse or accept medical treatment. If you want to protect your ability to make these kinds of decisions, call Aaron today, and he will guide you through every step of the process.Elder Abuse
Elder abuse usually involves an endangered senior who is the victim of physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, or fraud. Under Indiana law, a person who suspects elder abuse is required to report the fact to Adult Protective Services (APS). Importantly, Indiana is one of the only states to protect seniors through the criminal justice system. If your loved one is living in a nursing home or other assisting living facility in the State of Indiana, they may be especially vulnerable to elder abuse. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect, call Aaron today and he will fight to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected.Call or Text Aaron at (765) 635-8072 From 8 AM Until 10 PM EST
Anderson elder law attorney Aaron will return your call within minutes and work tirelessly to defend your rights by recommending the best course of action for your case.