Elder Law & Estate Planning

Tailored Estate Plans and Elder Law Solutions

No one can forecast the future, but we can still prepare for it. Estate planning and elder law are about preserving family wealth and providing guidance to loved ones who will one day be in charge of your personal care or your earthly estate.

The attorneys of Knott, Knott & Dunn Attorneys at Law have advised families in Fairfield and New Haven counties since 1953. Our knowledgeable attorneys provide step-by-step help to accomplish your estate-related goals. We work with you to create clear and detailed plans that anticipate nursing home care, mental incapacity and family inheritance.

Comprehensive and Customized Estate Planning

Every adult should have a will and companion documents in place to express their wishes in the event of death or disability. Attention to detail is a hallmark of our firm. Our lawyers will sit down with you to discuss a wide range of scenarios to make sure all the bases are covered, which may include:

  • A last will and testament Naming your heirs and what assets they inherit, appointing an executor and guardian for your minor children.
  • Durable power of attorney Designating a family member or friend to look after your financial affairs if you become incapacitated.
  • Health care representative – Authorizing a proxy to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
  • Health care directive (“living will”) – Detailing your wishes to doctors and your family regarding resuscitation, life support and other end-of-life care.
  • Trusts – Setting assets aside for specific purposes, such as tax planning, asset protection, charitable bequests or care of a family member with special needs.

Medicaid Planning and Elder Law

Elder law is a specialized area relating to nursing home care and other realities of aging. Proper planning can protect many of a family’s assets from being swallowed up by the substantial costs of elder care facilities. Our attorneys can address gifting, asset transfers, family trusts and other strategies for preserving Medicaid (Title XIX) eligibility for nursing home subsidies without depleting the person’s life savings.

Elder care planning is highly complex and must be done carefully. Ideally, it starts years in advance, but we also help families make the best of a crisis situation when an elderly spouse or parent unexpectedly needs nursing care.

Take the Steps to Peace of Mind

Too many people put off estate planning and nursing home planning. “Later” may be too late. Reach out today to arrange a free initial consultation with our experienced and compassionate attorneys. Call (203) 375-1433 or contact us by email.