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Elder Law

Serving Clients in Berks County and the Surrounding Area

Are you prepared for the legal matters that arise due to aging? Growing older often forces individuals to make various medical, financial, and end-of-life decisions. This involves establishing a strategic end-of-life plan to protect your property, assets, investments, family, and future generations. Elder law is concerned about caring for our seniors, older adults, and elderly loved ones and preserving their assets.

If you are thinking about elder care or you need proper guidance when drafting your estate plan, consulting with an experienced Pennsylvania estate planning attorney is crucial. At Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, we are committed to offering highly-personalized legal guidance and reliable advocacy to clients in elder law-related matters, including estate planning, guardianship, assisted living, power of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives.

As your legal counsel, we are available to discuss your unique situation, explore your possible legal options, and determine the ideal end-of-life plan that is best for you. Also, our attorneys will work meticulously to address your needs and concerns and help you in a way that works best for you. Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC proudly serves clients in Berks County, PA, and throughout Berks County and the neighboring counties of Schuylkill, Montgomery, Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon.

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What is Elder Law?

Elder law is an aspect of law that covers various legal issues affecting seniors and older people, their loved ones, close relatives, and caretakers. It entails representing and counseling older adults in the legal matters of estate planning. An elder law attorney can:

  • Advocate for the older adults and their family members.
  • Guide family members through important decisions that affect their elder loved ones.
  • Help senior citizens prepare for financial freedom and autonomy.
  • Handle a huge spectrum of legal matters, including guardianship, long-term care planning, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, retirement, and other important subjects.

An experienced life care planning attorney can walk you through the estate planning process and make sure your estate planning documents are well-detailed, valid, and up-to-date.

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves making plans in advance and providing detailed instructions regarding how you want your property and assets to be managed, distributed, or disposed of when you die or after sudden incapacitation. Estate planning allows you to achieve the following:

  • Prepare for an uncertain future.
  • Protect your assets, property, investments, and interests.
  • Specify medical and end-of-life decisions.
  • Determine what happens to your estate and who will inherit your property and assets.
  • Make sufficient provision for surviving family members, spouses, and other relatives.
  • Protect investments and assets from frivolous lawsuits and creditors.
  • Help beneficiaries avoid inheritance, estate, and gift taxes.
  • Name a trusted person as your personal representative
  • Mitigate possible family disputes and conflicts regarding asset distribution.
  • Bypass probate (by creating a trust).
  • Ensure that you don't die intestate (without a will).

Creating a comprehensive estate plan can help protect your assets and family's future and get your affairs in order. A knowledgeable Pennsylvania estate planning attorney can enlighten you about your possible options and help you make intelligent decisions.

Healthcare/Long-Term Care Issues

Long-term care involves a huge selection of services aimed at helping individuals achieve their personal care and healthcare needs over a given period. With long-term care, you may be able to live safely and independently in the event of a disability, incapacitation, or medical condition that makes you unable to perform your day-to-day tasks by yourself. An experienced attorney can review your advance care planning options and determine the best course of action.

Guardianship

Guardianship is a fiduciary relationship or legal arraignment established by state law, in which a court will appoint a person or entity (the guardian) to make decisions about the personal care, property, legal, and financial affairs of a disabled or incapacitated adult.

In Pennsylvania, guardianship is often established in an elderly person's best interests. Here are some benefits of guardianship:

  • It helps avoid exploitation.
  • It provides security for the incapacitated person.
  • It helps avoid any unnecessary delays or complications when signing documents for social benefits or government assistance.
  • It helps prevent many financially terrible situations from happening.
  • The guardian will provide adequate care for the incapacitated adult.
  • The guardian can help manage the incapacitated person's property and financial affairs.

A knowledgeable attorney can enlighten you about the rights and responsibilities of a legal guardian and walk you through every step involved in the guardianship process.

Work with an Experienced Attorney

Navigating the numerous legal matters that arise as a result of advanced age often involves several complex procedures. In the event that you become incapacitated, severely ill, unavailable, or otherwise unable to voice your exact wishes, you can protect your property, assets, and family's future by establishing a strategic end-of-life plan. An experienced elder law attorney can enlighten you about your available options and help you make intelligent decisions.

At Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing experienced legal services and guiding clients through the complexities of estate planning and elder law. As your legal counsel, we can evaluate your unique situation and explore the various legal options that may be available to you. Also, our trusted attorneys will help you draft vital end-of-life documents and outline a strategic estate plan that best suits your unique needs.

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Client Success Stories

Very helpful. Staff genuinely cared about our needs.
Dan Clouser
October 26, 2022.
A delight to work with. Curran Estate Services are truly in the business of helping people!
Julie Krasley
September 29, 2022.
Very thorough. Friendly, compassionate, knowledgeable staff.
Ron Hirneisen
August 31, 2022.
5 Stars is not enough! If I could, I would give Curran Estate & Elder Law a 10-star review … and here is why: • They listen to you and your situation. The first question Sean asked me was, “How about we begin with you telling us about your family and the need for our services?” I had come to them as a caregiver for a spouse with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Both of us were in need of Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney, Last Will & Testaments, and Living Wills. • They really do care about you and your family. The February day we were to meet with Sean to have the legal documents signed, a snowstorm began. Rather than have my homebound spouse go out in the weather, Sean, Lois, and Susan came to our home. The Curran Estate & Elder Law team takes a genuine interest in you. As we were going through the process of selecting persons to be our Powers-of-Attorney, the Curran Team wanted to know about each person we chose. • They know what they are doing. Sean and the Life Care Team reviewed our particular situation and made recommendations based upon our needs. They do not have a “one size fits all” approach to their work. • They communicate very well and explain things thoroughly. Each staff member is very good at explaining what each legal document means. • They completed the necessary work in a timely manner. In a surprisingly brief amount of time, we were notified that all the legal documents were complete and could be reviewed at our convenience. The Life Care Plan offers the expert services of the law firm plus a compassionate Elder Care Coordinator. I have leaned on the Elder Care Coordinator for helpful guidance and suggestions. I have received an immense amount of help from the Elder Care Coordinator when placing my loved one in various skilled nursing and memory care facilities. I am relieved in knowing I have the Elder Care Coordinator as a trustworthy guide through these days. For the last 18 months, by utilizing the services of Sean Curran and the Life Care Program Team, I have found relief and peace of mind in knowing that my loved one will be taken care of for the balance of her life. With gratitude, Rev. Paul L. Jones
Bahia Paw
July 20, 2022.
Fantastic top-notch law firm . They do professional and thorough work. They have fantastic and helpful work ethic. Great personalities and thoughtful. Our family feels protected and satisfied with the work Curran Law does. Thank you all.
james walker
May 31, 2022.
The entire Curran Estate and Elder Law team is fabulous! They are so kind, caring and patient. Not like your typical lawyers. Highly recommend them to help navigate the complex elder law and Medicare system.
Nancy Panza
May 10, 2022.
Suffering the loss of a loved one and having to deal with the probate process can be overwhelming. Gina was very professional and compassionate while helpng me through the process. What was becoming a nightmare for me was completely and quickly resolved. Everyone I came in contact with in the office was very kind and helpful.
Joanne Malys
May 5, 2021.
Sean deserves 10 stars ! But I can only give him 5 stars! He is caring & honest.. I am from out of state, and I needed help with elder care law concerning a family member. Sean returned all my phone calls and emails in a timely fashion. His prices were reasonable. I'd recommend Curran Estate & Elder Law to anyone who needs elder law services!
Ed K
March 18, 2021.
Extremely compassionate, knowledgeable and understanding during an extremely stressful, life changing event. Thank you for your patience and support.
M M
March 8, 2020.
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