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Elder Law

St. Petersburg Elder Law Lawyer

Elder Law Attorney in St. Petersburg and Largo, Florida

Elder law attorneys provide support for the legal needs of older and disabled individuals. The aging process can have a significant effect on the ability of elderly people to manage their own physical needs and can increase the chance of debilitating illnesses that can require special care on a regular basis. In addition, the need to deal with financial issues and estate planning can be challenging even for those in the best of health. Working with a qualified St. Petersburg elder law attorney can be a solid step toward ensuring the most appropriate arrangements for medical care, estate management and other aspects of the legal process for older and disabled individuals in our area. At Centonzio Law, we have the experience and the proven expertise to ensure that your legal matters are handled professionally and to your satisfaction. Our firm also has a law office in Largo, Florida.

Elder Law Covers a Variety of Areas

The field of elder law encompasses a number of different legal fields and requires a combination of skills and knowledge on the part of your attorney. Because the regulations regarding elder law in the state of Florida are constantly evolving, your attorney must stay current with all changes to the law to provide you with the best representation. At Centonzio Law, we offer a range of elder law services that begin with the following steps:

  • We analyze your current situation and provide you with a comprehensive overview that includes areas where we can help you.
  • Our legal team will perform the research and due diligence needed to assess the challenges and opportunities available to you, including income-based benefits and other strategies to keep your assets protected.
  • Centonzio Law will keep you informed throughout the process to ensure that you understand the steps we will take on your behalf and the choices you have to resolve your legal situation.
  • Our expert attorneys will then provide you with our recommendations and will put your plans into action to ensure the best outcomes for you and your family.

The in-depth knowledge of the elder law experts at Centonzio Law can provide you with the right solutions for your legal needs in a range of activities, including the following:

  • Asset protection: Over your lifetime, you have most likely acquired assets that add up to significant value. Insurance policies, pensions, real estate and investment funds can provide added financial security. Unfortunately, these assets can also prevent you and your family from accessing certain public programs that could help you manage costs for long-term care and assisted-living arrangements. Centonzio Law can help you determine the most effective way to protect your assets and to ensure that you receive all the help you deserve without surrendering the financial resources you worked a lifetime to earn. We can create the legal means for you to protect your assets while ensuring the best outcomes for you and your family.
  • Medicaid planning and long-term care planning: Making sure that you have the right arrangements in place to manage your financial requirements while ensuring that you qualify for Medicaid and other Florida state benefits can help you to enjoy your golden years with less worry and stress. Centonzio Law can help you make the appropriate changes to your finances and can even set up trusts to provide you with adequate resources while making sure that your income and assets allow you to qualify for Medicaid benefits. This can improve your financial situation while allowing you to enjoy the most practical solutions for yourself and your family.
  • Veterans benefits: As a Veteran, ensuring you receive the benefits you earned through your dedicated service to our country can help you to reduce stress about money during your retirement. Elder Law Attorney Javier Centonzio can create workable legal strategies to reduce the amount of countable assets considered when determining your financial eligibility for Veterans Pension (commonly referred to as Aid and Attendance) for the veteran or their surviving spouse. By safeguarding your assets and helping you to qualify for all applicable long-term care benefit programs, Centonzio Law can help you deal with your financial situation in the most appropriate way.

At Centonzio Law, we work with you on all types of legal issues. Our St. Petersburg, Florida, elder law team will provide you with the specialized help you need to handle your legal issues as they arise. This can help you to manage your time and money more effectively and can allow you to deal with legal matters that include predatory nursing home practices, problems with negligence or mistreatment in residential facilities and forward-thinking estate planning strategies.

The team at Centonzio Law is committed to providing you with expert legal representation and friendly service that can help you and your family feel more at ease. We take the time to make sure our clients understand their options and to help you address uncertainty and take on the challenges of the golden years with greater confidence. Our legal team can also provide support for disabled individuals of any age to help them manage issues related to medical care and quality of life. This can allow you and your family to take a greater degree of control in managing financial and other issues and more effectively.

When to See a St. Petersburg Elder Law Attorney

How do you know when to consult with an elder law attorney? You may have experienced difficulties in applying for Veterans Pension ( a.k.a. Aid & Attendance) or Medicaid to help pay for long-term care costs. In some cases, you may feel that your current estate plan needs to be updated. Senior citizens may also have issues with caregivers and assisted-living facilities that may not live up to expectations or may not provide the care needed to maintain health and well-being. Some of our clients come to us after determining that they cannot navigate the Florida legal system without professional help. Centonzio Law can provide you with proven solutions that can address all these issues and other problems that may arise during the golden years.

Resolving your legal issues quickly and effectively can provide you with added confidence and reduced stress when managing these problems for yourself or on behalf of a family member. The legal team at Centonzio Law has years of experience in creating solutions for senior citizens and disabled individuals for protecting their financial assets, establishing a workable estate plan and ensuring the most comfortable retirement in the St. Petersburg area.

You may be worried about the cost of elder law consultations. Javier Centonzio will work with you and your family to ensure that your experience with our law office is as affordable as possible. At Centonzio Law, we are absolutely committed to the welfare of our clients and will work to keep your costs low. We will complete your legal proceedings as quickly as possible to put the right protections in place for your financial resources and to help you put your affairs in order on behalf of your family and friends. This can give you added peace of mind about all your personal and legal needs.

What to Bring to Your Elder Law Consultation

At your initial consultation with Javier Centonzio and the Centonzio Law team, our discussions will focus on three basic goals:

  • To understand your legal issues and your current situation
  • To provide you with information on your options and the likely benefits of each of these plans of action
  • To offer guidance and support for the course of action you and your family choose

To provide you with the most effective representation during this initial discussion, you should bring a few things with you to our law office:

  • A list of your questions and concerns: This will provide a starting point for exploring the legal options available to you. Centonzio Law and Javier Centonzio will use these initial questions to devise a plan of action that will work to resolve your issues in the most effective way. You may be worried about asking questions that may seem obvious or dumb. The truth is that there are no dumb questions. Our legal team will be happy to answer any questions you may have to provide you with greater peace of mind and assurance that your problems will be resolved in the most effective and practical ways.
  • A trusted friend or family member: You may be a little nervous on your first visit to our law office. By bringing along a friend or family member for moral support, you can feel much more confident. In some cases, this individual can remind you about questions you may have overlooked or can provide added information about your needs and your situation. This can help Centonzio Law and Javier Centonzio to provide you with the most customized and practical representation for your specific set of needs.
  • Relevant paperwork: If you have documentation or letters regarding your eligibility for Medicaid, Aid and Attendance pension payments or other benefits, please bring them with you to your initial consultation with Centonzio Law. Even if you have been denied for Medicaid or veterans benefits, we may be able to appeal that decision or reapply on your behalf. If you are interested in estate planning services, providing us with detailed and complete information on your financial situation can help us to identify the right solutions for your needs. By providing us with all the information you have on the issues you would like us to address, you can play a key role in the success of your legal efforts. This can improve your chances of resolving the challenges you face in the most practical and cost-effective way.

If we need further information, the legal team at Centonzio Law will let you know what documentation, evidence and information to collect and bring to your next meeting with us. Our St. Petersburg elder law lawyer will work with you at every step of the way to ensure that you receive the most effective and relevant representation for a wide range of issues that include financial fraud, predatory nursing homes, incompetent or negligent caregivers and estate planning matters.

Centonzio Law is absolutely committed to providing the most appropriate and practical solutions for our clients throughout St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. Javier Centonzio has a proven reputation for providing the most effective and practical help for our clients. Our dedication and commitment to serving the elder community can ensure the best solutions for your specific set of needs.

What Outcome Can I Expect in My Elder Law Case?

The outcome of your case will depend on a number of factors, including the facts we are able to ascertain and the evidence we can collect on your behalf. Every case we handle is different. We will work with you and your family to determine the best and most cost-effective approach for your needs:

  • Our team will act quickly to provide the right options for you.
  • We will take a proactive and efficient approach to your case and your legal needs. This can save you time and effort when dealing with these issues.
  • Centonzio Law offers comprehensive help for our clients to ensure that we can handle all aspects of your needs.
  • We work hard to finalize your plans and legal arrangements so that you can enjoy greater peace of mind as soon as possible.

Javier Centonzio and the Centonzio Law firm will work with you to make sure that your case is handled quickly and to your complete satisfaction. This can help you achieve the most positive results for you and your family. We offer comprehensive and practical elder law services in the St. Petersburg area, allowing you to trust us with your case and your ongoing well-being.

FAQs About Elder Law in Florida

How can Medicaid provide financial assistance for long-term care?

Medicaid is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals with limited needs who have extraordinary health care expenses.  Many seniors need Medicaid to afford the cost of an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or in-home care.  Medicaid benefits are subject to strict eligibility requirements regarding assets and income, and an applicant cannot give away assets within 5 years of a Medicaid application.  This rule is referred to as the Medicaid “lookback” period. Individuals that violate this rule will be subject to a Medicaid transfer penalty.

Why does retaining a Florida Medicaid Planning attorney help?

Despite the rule barring giving away assets within 5 years of your application, many legal strategies exist for lowering your countable income and assets.  Centonzio Law, PLLC has assisted hundreds of applicants obtainlong-term care benefits through Medicaid despite their belief they did not qualify financially.  We have even helped clients obtain Medicaid benefits who were previously denied.

What estate planning documents do I need?

While every estate plan will differ based on an individual’s financial circumstances, family relationships, and other relevant factors, the most basic estate plan should include a last will and testament (and maybe a trust), health care surrogate, durable power of attorney, and a living will.  These documents accomplish the following goals:

Last Will and Testament (Will): While a will can be used as your primary testamentary document, individuals that use a trust as the primary means to pass their assets to their friends and family still need a “pour-over will.”  This type of will ensures that your assets transfer according to your wishes if they are inadvertently left out of your trust.  Many estate plans use a trust as the primary document designating how the estate assets will be allocated among one’s heirs to avoid probate. 

Durable Power of Attorney: This document allows you to appoint someone to handle your affairs if you become incapacitated.  Careful consideration needs to be given as to the person you appoint to represent you and the scope of the powers and decision-making you give to this individual.

Health Care Surrogate Designation: This document allows you to determine the individual you want to make decisions about your medical treatment if you are incapacitated by illness, advanced age, or an accident.  This type of document is referred to as a durable power of attorney for healthcare in many states.

Living Will: When a health care surrogate document and living will are paired together, these documents are collectively referred to as “healthcare advance directives.”  Generally, a living will communicatesa person’s wishes regarding end-of-life medical treatment.  This document allows you to indicate your preferences about extraordinary lifesaving measures like resuscitation, feeding tubes, and artificial respiration.

Contact St. Petersburg Elder Law Lawyer Javier Centonzio

If you are looking for a trusted partner to manage your legal affairs, Elder Law Attorney Javier Centonzio can provide you with the benefit of his experience and advanced knowledge in the field of elder law. Centonzio Law will work with you and your family to provide you with the professional help and legal assistance you need for estate planning, asset protection, Veterans Pension and Medicaid issues.

For senior citizens, veterans, spouses of veterans, and disabled individuals who need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable legal team, give our offices a call today at 727-900-7290 to schedule your first appointment with Centonzio Law. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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