Grand Rapids Elder Law Attorneys Serving West Michigan

Aging presents many challenges, and so does caring for aging loved ones. Just as it “takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a community to provide our seniors with the care they need, and their loved ones with the support they deserve. At Plachta, Murphy & Associates we are proud to be a part of that community.

To offer seniors, their families, and their caregivers a circle of support and guidance, Plachta, Murphy & Associates has established an elder law client service group called Elder Law Solutions. This group brings together a variety of professionals, including a family advocate, medical social worker, and government benefit specialists, along with our attorneys, who assist with the various needs of senior citizens in a holistic, integrated way. Our Elder Law Solutions team can help seniors and their families with a variety of issues including:

  • Medicaid Planning to make sure a lifetime's work and savings isn't consumed by the need to “spend down” assets to qualify for Medicaid.
  • Caregiver Contracts to ensure that elderly loved ones receive the care they need while facilitating communication and sharing of duties among family members.
  • Long-Term Care Planning & Advocacy to ensure older clients have access to appropriate long-term care and the resources to pay for it.
  • Estate Planning to make sure our clients and their families have the appropriate documents in place to avoid legal battles or expensive court proceedings.

Caring for an elderly loved one is too important, and often too stressful, to undertake alone. Let our Elder Law Solutions team come alongside you to make sure the needs of your loved one are met and that you and your family are supported in the process.

A Competent, Compassionate Approach to Elder Law Services

Plachta, Murphy & Associates takes a holistic approach to helping older clients and their families, who may be managing health, insurance, family and financial concerns in addition to legal ones. Our Elder Law Solutions team can assist your family with nearly any elder law issue, and can help cut through red tape to connect you with other needed resources.

Members of our Elder Law Solutions team belong to the Caregiver Resource Network and the Council on Aging of Kent County. The team also includes longstanding attorney members of both the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR). We work with other trusted advisers in the elder care community to provide a complete circle of care for you and your loved ones.

If you are concerned about coordinating a loved one's needs and care, or about planning for your own, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our Elder Law Solutions team.

Elder Law Solutions Team: Brian J. Plachta, Bryan D. Reeder, Jeffrey M. Black, Richard J. Cross, Vicki A. Poleni, MSW

Medicaid Planning

If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home, you probably know such care is very expensive. Few people are able to save enough during their lives to pay for long-term care. Many people depend on Medicaid, at some point, to pay for their contin… Read More

Caregiver Contracts

It’s natural for adult children to help care for their aging parents, but it’s often helpful to clarify the details of the caring relationship to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts between family members. A Caregiver Contract is essent… Read More

Long-Term Care Planning & Advocacy

There are many aspects to consider when planning for retirement: financial planning, estate planning, even travel planning. We recommend you add long-term care planning to your list. Family members provide 80% of the care for aging parents in this co… Read More

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