Here Is Why Leaving Money To A Charity Can Benefit Your Estate

Have you thought about the many reasons to give to charity? Honoring a loved one, advancing a worthy cause, and a genuine interest in helping others may be just a few of the motivations that help make the world a better place.Charitable giving, however, can also come...

Creating a Trust for a Child with Substance Abuse Issues

September is “National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month,” a national observance to raise awareness and educate Americans about mental and substance abuse disorders that inflict over 20 million Americans.  Over 6 million of those with substance abuse...

Talking to Your Kids on World Alzheimer’s Day

On September 21, we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day to raise awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia on loved ones afflicted and on family members and friends impacted by their diagnoses. Have you heard that Alzheimer’s disease has...

When Siblings Cannot Agree on What to Do With an Aging Parent

Have you and your siblings developed seemingly insurmountable communication issues? Problems among siblings can be difficult in the best of times, but can be exceptionally problematic when they need to work together on what should be done about an aging parent. While...

The Importance of a Strong Durable Power of Attorney

It may be safe to say that 2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. A global pandemic has certainly demonstrated that what one knows as “normal life” can quickly be redefined. A positive, which flows from the lessons of 2020, may be the reminder to be...
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Elder Law Areas Of Practice

“Elder law” is not an actual area of the law in the technical sense. There are no elder law courts, judges or codes. However, there are areas of the law that involve and affect many people as they grow older or live with disabilities. Rippy, Stepps & Associates advise clients in a wide range of legal matters that central Arkansas seniors and their families must often confront, including:

  • Estate planning: wills, trusts and powers of attorney
  • “Living wills” or health care directives (also called advance directives)
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Preparing for long-term care needs
  • Long-term care insurance issues
  • Long-term care facility contracts
  • In-home health care and personal assistance needs, services and contracts
  • Prevention of, and corrective actions for, elder exploitation and abuse
  • Qualifying for Medicaid when it becomes necessary, through preplanning

How Will Your Family Cope With Your Loved One’s Need For Long-Term Care?

Rippy, Stepps & Associates has built a strong reputation for attentive, effective and personalized legal advice related to all aspects of elder law, including long-term care issues. Perhaps you need a referral for social agencies that can help. You may need advice on what to do when you suspect your elderly mother, father or other family member is suffering abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility; our attorneys have valuable insights. Whatever your concerns, we can evaluate your situation, make referrals, review contracts and interact with insurance companies on your behalf.

What Steps Should You Take To Protect Your Children As You Approach Retirement Age And Beyond?

Often, the decline and death of an elderly parent reminds younger adults in the family of things they should consider regarding their own advancing stages of life. Elder law attorneys can help you conduct an inventory of legal issues you and your family will likely face some day. Whatever age you are when these matters come to mind is a good age to request a consultation about Medicare, long-term care insurance, wills and trusts, preplanning to qualify for Medicaid, applying for Medicaid and more.

Please Consider Rippy, Stepps & Associates Your Point Of Contact For Elder Law Needs

Allow us to explain how we can address your concerns and guide you through tough decisions about health care, long-term care, cost-effectiveness comparisons between in-home care versus long-term care facilities and other related topics. Call 501-428-9139 or email us to schedule a consultation.