Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC
30 Temple Street, Suite 503, Nashua, NH 03060

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Elder Law Attorneys – Nashua, NH  

Estate Planning Team

 

The elder law attorneys at the Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC recognize that it can be hard to plan for the unknown future, but we are here to guide you and your family through planning for the possibilities that age and health care issues can bring about. Whether you are at the right age to start considering Long-Term Care Insurance and start your journey in Health Care Planning, or at the point where it is time to consider entering a nursing home, we take a comprehensive look at you or your loved one to determine a complete plan. We can also review any current Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will or Trust documents you may already have to see if you need an update. We can prepare each document independently should you not wish to have the complete package. It is recommended that you update your estate planning documents once a year or upon any life changing event such as divorce, death of a family member or birth of a child/grandchild.

Durable Power of Attorney
In the event that you become disabled or incapacitated, having a Durable Power of Attorney in place will allow a person of your choosing to manage your financial responsibilities. If you lack the capacity to execute a Durable Power of Attorney when one is needed, a loved one may be forced to engage the court system to obtain Guardianship in order to have the ability to take necessary financial steps on your behalf. It is important to have your wishes known now to protect your family from having to take emergency steps through the court system later.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Having a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care in place will allow you to select a person of your choosing to make any and all health care decisions for you when you lack the capacity to make health care decisions for yourself. This is particularly important when creating a long term health care plan that is in place if you are unable to speak on your own behalf. This document also helps to avoid unnecessary Guardianship proceedings. Having a Living Will in place also will provide specific wishes regarding your health care. We recommend having both documents in place as part of your estate plan.

Living Wills
A Living Will allows you to direct what measures will be used in life-sustaining treatment. Your Living Will states whether you want to withhold or withdraw medically administered nutrition and hydration. By providing your wishes in advance, your family will not have to make these difficult decisions for you later. The Living Will also provides assurance that your wishes as designated in your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care will be honored should the person indicated be unavailable.

Guardianships
When a loved one requires the assistance of a guardianship the process can seem overwhelming. We have represented individuals in adult and child guardianship matters and will ensure your matter is handled with dignity and respect. If your loved one does not have measures in place such as the Durable Power of Attorney or the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and they are in need of assistance, then a Guardianship may be the best way to be sure your loved one is taken care of properly. Whether your loved one requires assisted living, nursing home care, or just your assistance to take care of themselves we are able to guide you through the necessary procedures.

Assisted Living – Nursing Homes
When you or your family member are no longer able to live completely independently, it is time to consider Long Term Care options such as assisted living communities or nursing homes. We at the Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC, have taken an interest in finding the best facilities available in our Southern New Hampshire community and can assist in connecting you with those assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Wills
Everyone should have a properly executed Will in order to ensure that your final wishes are respected. Having a Will allows you to protect the people you care about from having to go through a long, expensive Court process to distribute your assets. If you do not have a Will in place, the government will decide how your assets are distributed.

Trusts
A Revocable or Irrevocable Trust is an invaluable estate planning tool which allows you to provide for your loved ones without the costly and complicated probate process. Additionally, Trusts help you to accomplish comprehensive asset management that benefits the people you care about most, but can be especially helpful during your lifetime should you become incapacitated. Trusts are also beneficial for complicated planning needs that involve children and the need for guardianship. Many people assume Trusts are only for people with large estates for tax avoidance purposes, but that is only one of the many reasons to employ a Trust.

Effective. Efficient.
We walk you through all of the steps, creating a solid plan to accomplish what needs to be done as quickly as possible.

Creative Problem Solving.
Each family and situation is different and requires an individual plan that is right for you. Where we excel is creative thinking, coming up with fresh ideas and solutions that will work best for you and your family.

Elder law lawyers Kate Morneau, Liz LaRochelle, Sara Crisp and Sarah Paris are eager to help you. Call (844) 900-0330 or use our form to reach us now via email.

1. The first step will be an initial phone conversation.

2. The second step will be a free meeting. You’ll walk away with an initial action plan.