Southeast Michigan Elder Law

Sean Nichols is an experienced elder law attorney dedicated to helping senior citizens and their families. Our law firm specializes in legal aspects involving aging and disability.

When someone reaches their twilight years, there are many important factors to consider such as:

  • Long-term care options
  • Elder Medicaid
  • Affordable nursing home care
  • Retirement planning
  • Protecting property and assets
  • Ensuring final wishes are carried out

Our law firm understands the importance of these issues and have helped many families across Michigan plan a comfortable future.

If you have questions related to elder law, contact our office for a confidential consultation today. (734) 386-0224

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How We Can Help

At Sean J Nichols, PLLC, we pride ourselves on understanding our clients needs. This includes senior citizens and their families. Our managing partner and Sean Nichols started his practice after witnessing his grandmother succumb to Alzheimer’s disease. He witnessed first-hand the hoops his family had to go through in order to provide care. As a result, we understand these issues from both a legal and emotional perspective.

Our law firm handles a wide variety of matters involving elder law, estate planning, and probate. You can visit the links below to learn more about a specific issue and how we can help.

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Long Term Care Planning

Providing adequate long term care for senior citizens can be extremely expensive. This is especially expensive when medicaid covers very little or none of these costs. Our law firm is dedicated to helping families obtain affordable long term care for their loved ones.

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

Generally, Medicare covers the first few months of nursing home care; however, this does not cover nursing home costs for extended periods of time. It’s a sad reality that many people may see their life savings wiped out fairly quickly when trying to pay for nursing homes out of pocket. Qualifying for medicaid in a nursing home makes this process much more affordable. Unfortunately, eligibility requirements are highly complex. A skilled attorney that specializes in elder law can help families qualify for medicaid and obtain affordable nursing home care.

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Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Estate Planning is an area of law that consistently overlaps with elder law. Simply put, this area of law involves planning a comfortable future for yourself and your family. This is done through various legal documents such as a will, trust, etc.

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Legal Guardianship

Simply put, a legal guardian is in charge of making important decisions on someone’s behalf should they become unable to make decisions themselves. There are many different legal aspects involved with guardianship such as the process of obtaining it, disputes over legal guardianship, etc. There is a lot of overlap between elder law, estate planning, and probate when it comes to guardianship; our law firm specializes in all three of these areas.

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Power of Attorney (POA)

There are two main forms of this document. One is known as the Healthcare Power of Attorney. A Healthcare POA, appoints someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. The second type of this document is a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. The concept of a Durable POA for Finances works the same as a Healthcare POA except that it appoints someone to make financial decisions rather than health related decisions. This is similar to legal guardianship except it’s more of a reactive solution to an emergency as opposed to naming someone legal guardian.

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Estate Recovery

The Medicaid Estate Recovery Program is a process started by the state and federal governments. This process involves recovering funds used to provide care for someone per Medicaid. In fact, it’s possible for the government to file a claim after the beneficiary of Medicaid passes away and acquire certain assets such as your house. It’s extremely important to work with an elder law attorney to protect your home against estate recovery.

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Elder Abuse

Similar to nursing home neglect, it’s an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are at a high risk of financial exploitation, neglect, and in some cases, even mental or physical abuse. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting geriatric individuals from abuse and exploitation. We have the legal knowledge to ensure you or your loved ones rights are upheld.

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Nursing Home Neglect

The neglect of senior citizens in nursing homes is one of the saddest aspects associated with this practice area. I wish we could say that it’s very uncommon; however, the reality is that many nursing homes are understaffed, overcrowded, and in some cases, not properly run. These factors all contribute to many elders not receiving proper care, or worse, being completely neglected. Sean J Nichols, PLLC protects elders and their families from neglect and exploitation. If you expect that you or a loved one has fallen victim to a neglectful nursing home, contact us right away.

Elder Care, Medicaid Planning, and Nursing Homes

The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision that faces many Michigan families. Family members work to avoid this option because they would rather care for their loved one at home and are concerned with the soaring costs of nursing home care.

In some circumstances, nursing home facilities can provide a level of care that cannot be received from the families of loved ones within their home setting. Our law firm offers assistance to our clients and their families in obtaining affordable nursing care and preserving as much of their estate as possible.

Loved ones in need of nursing home care most often end up needing to receive Medicaid benefits to help cover their expenses. Contrary to popular belief applicants that receive benefits are allowed to keep a portion of assets and income but the rules are complicated.

The law office of Sean J Nichols offers comprehensive legal advice to assist clients in all aspects of Medicaid estate planning within Michigan. Proper planning with the assistance of a skilled and knowledgeable attorney can make the difference between financial security and financial devastation.

Elder Neglect and Abuse

Sadly, the abuse and neglect of elders is not uncommon. To put this in perspective, according to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse (NCOA). Moreover, there are several different forms of elder abuse/neglect including: financial exploitation, physical abuse, non-physical abuse (emotional/mental), willful neglect, etc. Unfortunately, elder neglect may also occur in nursing home facilities, assisted living centers, and by other supposed care givers.

This is one of the most distressing examples of why you may want to consult an attorney specializing in concerns of the elderly. If you have an aged parent who is in a nursing home, receiving skilled nursing care, or being cared for by someone else and you suspect that your parent is being neglected or abused, you must consult with an attorney as soon as possible who specializes in cases of elder abuse. They can give you the guidance and support you need while investigating and filing suit against the abuser or abusers.

Sean J Nichols is focused on preventing neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation of elders. We help to relieve the fears clients and their relatives face as they navigate the complex world of aging.

If you, a loved one, or someone you know are a victim of elder abuse/neglect in Michigan, call our offices right away.

Talk To An Elder Law Attorney Today

The United States is experiencing a historically high number of senior citizens. In fact, the population of seniors (65 and older) is projected to reach over 70 million by the year 2030. This rapidly aging population known as “baby boomers” present unique challenges for families and loved ones.

As we age, many of us are faced with problems that we’ve in no way had to deal with earlier than. Retirement planning, property planning, trusts, guardianships, lengthy-time period clinical wishes, Social Security protection, Medicaid and Medicare. These are only a few of the troubles that older adults face every day. These issues are especially relevant in Michigan, as the State has a high number of retirees/elders. When faced with issues related to aging, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who understands the processes and laws specific to the State.

The offices of Sean J Nichols PLLC is located in Plymouth; we commonly work with clients in Livonia, Romulus, Garden City, Northville, Canton, and several other locations in the Metro Detroit area. If you’d like to speak with an experienced elder law attorney, call and schedule a consultation today (734) 386-0224