Elder Law is the broad term meant to encompass a growing number of issues that affect the growing senior population. The real definition of elder law is defined by the clients to be served. An elder law attorney advocates for clients who are aging and persons with disabilities. Courtney McCarthy is a trusted advisor that uses a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the needs of her clients acknowledging that every client is different and has different needs.
Using a systemic approach, Ms. McCarthy will first look at general estate planning issues to advise clients as to what areas need protection in the case of incapacity or death. Additionally, care will be taken to look at the possibility of long-term care needs, the appropriate type of care, ensuring the quality of care, and coordinating resources to finance the cost of care. Taking into account every aspect of assisted care, protection of assets, personal rights, and the like, Ms. McCarthy seeks to develop comprehensive, strategic plans for clients that meet their needs, goals and desires.
If you or a loved one need legal assistance for an elder law case, please call 703-237-3777 or contact us online today.
Guardianship is a court ordered legal relationship that gives one or more persons responsibility for the personal affairs of an incapacitated person. The guardian has decision-making authority over the incapacitated person’s personal affairs and healthcare. The court can appoint a guardian permanently or just for a limited period of time. Additionally, co-guardians can be appointed if the court feels that more than one party would be best suited and would fight for the best interest of the party under guardianship.
Similar to a guardianship, a conservatorship is a court ordered legal relationship between one or more court appointed individuals and an incapacitated person to handle financial and contractual affairs on behalf of an incapacitated person. Generally a conservatorship is limited in its decision making authority to the management of property and financial affairs. Conservatorship, like a guardianship, can be temporary, joint, full, or limited.
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a court appointed attorney tasked with representing the interests of incapacitated persons in legal actions. The role of the GAL is designed to protect those under a “legal” disability and who need help protecting their rights in a specific legal action. There are many times when the rights of an incapacitated person have been compromised and there is a direct need for an advocate to act on his or her behalf. This role is vitally important in certain civil cases involving persons who may not have the cognitive or legal capacity to make decisions in their own best interest.
Courtney McCarthy Esq. is highly experienced in the area of Elder Law. We have the expertise to help you and your families make informed decisions about the future, while fighting for your rights today. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
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