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Elder Law/Guardianships

Elder Law Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois

These days, people are frequently called upon to look after their elderly parents. Sometimes, they also have to look after their disabled children. The “sandwich generation” faces unique challenges. Frequently, it is necessary to apply to court for permission to serve as legal guardian for their parents or children. Lakelaw is adept in handling such cases in Illinois. You can be assured of the care, kindness, courtesy, respect and professional dedication in such sensitive family matters that you have come to expect from Lakelaw.

We have prepared special needs trusts, worked with families facing Medicare and Medicaid issues and helped them preserve their loved ones’ health and best interests even when facing financial crises.

David Leibowitz never thought he’d be dealing with this in his practice. But his experience in taking care of his parents and step-mother gave him the background he needed to navigate difficult problems – even esoteric problems like Veterans Administration “aid and attendance” programs and disability programs. We also can refer you to well qualified professionals in the area of social security and related benefits.

Of course, we understand the unique problems older people face in bankruptcy, including issues which arise when the debtor is experiencing diminished mental capacity. If you or your loved one is facing a difficult financial situation, especially in the later stages of life, Lakelaw understands and knows what to do.

Case Studies

  • Lakelaw helped a 35 year old woman become guardian for her husband when he became brain-injured after a bicycle accident.
  • Lakelaw prepared asset-protection special needs trusts for parents of developmentally disabled adult children.
  • Lakelaw has helped people legally plan their estates so as to be qualified for:
    • Medicaid
    • Veterans Administration Aid and Assistance Benefits
    • Bankruptcy relief from creditors
    • Reverse mortgages

Case Study

Lakelaw represented a couple in their 80s facing foreclosure. We filed a countersuit against the mortgage lender asserting that the lender violated many laws, among them the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. We ended up negotiating a very favorable mortgage modification for them and they still live in their home.

Case Study

We represented a 65 year old man who was afflicted with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was facing immediate eviction as a result of foreclosure. We were able to vacate the foreclosure judgment and help him get a reverse mortgage on his home which had a lot of equity. This equity is now paying for his care in place in his own home.

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