Experienced Elder Law Attorney
I am experienced in elder law issues. I am a member of the Texas chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). I help seniors, disabled persons and their family members with health care decisions, long-term care planning, end-of-life decisions and estate planning matters.
What is Elder Law?
Elder Law is a branch of Estate Planning that focuses on life planning, meaning we assist our clients in ensuring that they will be prepared for future needs throughout their lives. We plan for disability, incompetence, and incapacity. Teresa Shapiro has twenty years of experience assisting clients looking toward the future potential for facility care, preparing for a disabled child or spouse, and solving the mysteries of governmental benefits.
Medicaid, Medicare, VA benefits, and Social Security are often complicated even to know what questions to ask, much less to find the answers. Teresa can help you figure out what you might qualify for and assist you in applying for those benefits. Elder Law attorneys specifically study and practice in these areas to assist our clients with knowledge and experience that other attorneys do not have because this isn’t the focus of their practice.
Blended families can often complicate this planning. Teresa can help you design a plan that will provide for you and your spouse, your disabled child, and still allow distributions to children and stepchildren to eliminate unnecessary disagreements and discord in the family.
The earlier we begin this planning process, the more options and better outcomes are available. Too often, families wait until someone needs facility care on an emergency basis before they start to plan. While there are still options, they are more limited and usually less beneficial than earlier planning can provide.
Life Planning means looking to the future and understanding the potential needs for future care, family preparation, and peace of mind that these issues are resolved.
Contact this Austin Attorney
Contact the Teresa Shapiro Law Office
for your estate planning, probate, estate administration, or elder law needs. I offer cost-effective, reliable and experienced service to clients throughout the Austin area. Whether you have a young family and are planning for your future, or you are concerned about protecting one of your elders, I can help.