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Written by attorney Jason A. Waddell | Apr 9, 2011

Difference between Elder law and Estate planning

Here are some basic considerations to help you decide whether you need an Elder law attorney or an Estate planning attorney An Elder Law will likely focus on: Plan for lifetime, In-home care, Living arrangements (Assisted living facilities, skilled nursing, independent living), Support structure, Cost of placement, Family needs, Public benefits available. An Estate Planning will focus more on issues such as: Creating a plan for issues surrounding death, Avoiding estate tax (i.e. death tax), Planning around probate and the cost of it, Explaining how assets may be passed to your heir(s).

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