- Home and Nursing Home Visits.
- Reasonable Rates.
- Flexible Hours.
There are many issues people face as they age:
Who will make my medical and financial decisions if I cannot? Do you have a valid Power of Attorney document that addresses all my needs?
How do I become a guardian?
Can I be cared for at home and avoid a nursing home? How do I choose the best nursing home? How do you know if a nursing home contract protects my rights?
Who will fight for me at the hospital or nursing home so you get the best care?
Do I need a will or a trust?
What if I have a disabled adult child, how do I make sure that child has the best chance to lead a full, financially-secure life after I am gone?
What will I do if a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home?
Who will walk me through a probate case?
As an attorney with a focus on elderlaw, guardianship, estate planning, disability planning and probate, Kate Curler works with seniors, the disabled and their families to answer these questions.
From her personal experiences as the only child of aging, sick parents, Kate realized there is huge need for an attorney who goes beyond drafting legal documents and aggressively advocates for her clients. As a result, a big focus of Kate's practice is helping clients draft a plan for any future illness and to advocate for her clients in hospitals and nursing homes. Kate works with seniors and their families to insure they receive the best medical care, the best chance to go home and every opportunity to live independently. As an advocate for seniors, Kate works tirelessly to find the best resources for seniors. A phone call to the Law Office of Kate Curler can provide information, referrals and contacts to services focused on giving seniors the best chance to life a full, active life.
Kate takes a personalized approach to each case and meet with her clients and their families, if necessary in nursing homes and hospitals, on short-notice and during flexible hours.
The Law Office of Kate Curler is dedicated to offering excellent, cost-effective legal services, in plain language, with a personalized touch.
Areas of Practice:
Advocating for clients if they become sick or injured is a big focus of Kate's practice. When someone is in the hospital, a rehabilitation center, a nursing home or is dealing with an insurance company, they need a strong advocate. Kate believes her clients deserve a clear direction regarding the diagnosis of a loved-one, compassionate, safe medical care, effective rehabilitation and a discussion of all options to return home. Kate's goal is return all of her clients to living independent lives outside of a facility. If a client has to enter a nursing home, the presence of a strong advocate with the family sends a message to nursing home personnel about the importance of making sure that particular residence receive the best care.
Due to age or as the result of a disability or illness, some people can no longer make personal decisions regarding their health or finances. Sometimes, someone must step up and become the guardian of the disabled person. Becoming a guardian is often a difficult and emotional decision. Kate works with families to guide them through this complicated process in the easiest, most cost-effective and dignified way possible.
NURSING HOME NEGOTIATIONS
An illness followed by a sudden discharge from a hospital can be a stressful time for baby boomers, seniors and their families. Family caregivers often have only a short time to tour nursing homes, review placement contracts and make financial decisions. Too often, nursing home contracts include illegal or unfair provisions. Kate meets with families facing this decision, on short-notice and during flexible hours, to assist with the choice of facilities, the review of paperwork, setting clear guidelines for rehabilitation and periodically reviewing any available options to return home. If necessary, the Law Office of Kate Curler can also aid with Medicaid Planning to preserve assets for a healthy spouse and future generations.
Establishing an estate plan is an important step to provide ways to handle your finances if you become disabled and to later pass on your assets to your heirs after your death.
Estate plans can include power of attorney documents, wills and trusts. The right recommendations and careful drafting of a Power of Attorney document, a Will or a Trust can give you peace of mind, save you considerable money in the longrun and allow your caregivers to advocate for you during life and honor your wishes regarding your passing.
For parents of disabled children, careful planning, including Special Needs Trusts are often necessary so a child can be eligible for all possible benefits programs and also be financially-secure after their parents are no longer able to support them.
Power of Attorney documents are a vital part of any estate plan. In addition to drafting Power of Attorney forms, Kate also meets with Power of Attorney Agents to reivew existing documents and advise as to the Agent's role in making medical decisions, including end of life and financial actions on behalf of those they care for.
ELDER LAW: BENEFIT PROGRAMS
As people get older, seniors, baby boomers and the disabled face a unique set of health and legal challenges. Seniors often need assistance navigating the confusing systems of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veteran's benefits. As the Baby Boomers age and retire, it is anticipated these benefit programs will face even more stressors and the ability to access and understand Federal and State benefits will become more difficult.
With knowledge of benefit programs, independent living communities, assisted living communities, nursing homes and Long Term Care Insurance providers, Kate works with families to find a plan which meets their needs to live independently as well as maximize the financial benefits available to help them as they age.
Probate is the process by which the court opens an estate of someone who has passed away to pay off their debts, deal with preserving their assets and distributing them to the people chosen in a Last Will and Testment. If you are named the executor of an estate, Kate works with you to navigate the complicated process of probate in the simplest, most cost-effective way possible.
Having worked in top family law firms, Kate has a wealth of experience in divorce and parentage matters and can handle these matters in the most compassionate and cost-effective way possible. When handling family law cases, she has frank discussions with clients about their financial options, their goals in moving the case forward and what resources are available to help them make the best decisions during this difficult process. Most of the family law cases The Law Office of Kate Curler handles are amicable and are completed with the minimum amount of litigation and expense.