Elder Law & Special Needs Planning

If you have a child with special needs or an aging parent, you understand the legal complexities associated with their care. From acquiring and maintaining a durable power of attorney to the distribution of assets, the experienced elder law and special needs attorneys at Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.C are prepared to help you manage special needs plans, maintain control of finances, and living arrangements.

Full-Service Elder Law Representation

If you’re intimidated by the idea of losing your ability to make decisions independently, you’re not alone. Many adults struggle with the prospect of abdicating their autonomy and turning over important decisions to loved ones, but our elder law attorneys can help you avoid such circumstances. Through long-term care planning and estate planning, our attorneys will assist you in determining goals for your finances, assets, and medical care, including:

  • Your preferred nursing home or assisted living plans
  • Medicaid and financial planning
  • Advice concerning living wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and other estate planning documents
  • Protection from financial abuse

Making plans for the future not only offers peace of mind, but it can also provide your loved ones with relief, especially during an emotional time. Family members may find it challenging to make decisions on your behalf or even for themselves. Establishing plans in advance can help prevent important decisions being made without considering the individual’s wishes or approval.

The highly credentialed estate planning and probate group at Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.C. offers clients throughout the greater New Orleans, LA area exceptional elder law services.

Special Needs Planning Attorneys

Our experienced special needs attorneys are committed to providing each client with superior support, in-depth knowledge, and the utmost respect for their specific circumstances and needs. We understand the challenges you face, and we take pride in our involvement with professional organizations dedicated to protecting those with special needs and disabilities, including:

  • The Special Needs Alliance
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Louisiana Law Institute’s Committee for Disabled Adult Children

Many individuals with special needs rely upon government assistance and public benefit programs, such as Medicaid and Social Security Supplementary Income (SSI), for their necessities. If you plan to leave a financial inheritance to a loved one with special needs, we can help you establish a special needs trust. The government recognizes these specialized arrangements as a means to supplement the individual’s current income, not replace it. As such, they may use the funds they receive from you to take part in enjoyable experiences and make special purchases their basic income does not allow. In addition, if you or a loved one has been in a serious accident and are entitled to financial compensation, you may need a special needs trust to preserve your right to governmental benefits. Our attorneys are well equipped to handle such trusts to protect you and your family.

Representation From a Skilled Legal Team

The attorneys at Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.C.combine their distinctive qualifications with an individualized approach to offer personal services and help clients with their diverse special needs and life planning goals. When you choose our legal team, you can feel confident that we will provide you with trusted counsel on a personal level.

We’re not just attorneys. We’re advocates for the rights of children and adults with special needs, and senior citizens interested in taking control of their later-year plans. We can help you navigate the legal system to ensure that you or your loved one’s interests are prioritized. Call us today at (504) 582-1500 to schedule a consultation with a member of our elder law or special needs planning legal team.