Guardianship & Elder Law

Guardianship

We Guide You Through a Difficult and Challenging Process

When you need to petition the Superior Court for the appointment of a full or limited guardian over the person or estate (or both) of a loved one, who is often a parent or sibling, the process is never easy. If fact, it is often adversarial, since you are often asking the Court to deprive the alleged incapacitated person of certain rights, such as the right to handle finances, the right to enter into contracts, the right to drive, the right to control living arrangements, or the right to make medical decisions. Attorney Sam B. Gunn will be with you every step of the way to help you understand the process and eventually have you or another suitable person appointed to act as legal guardian.

Sam always explores with his clients any possible alternatives to guardianship that may work to assist and protect your loved one in a less intrusive manner, such as the use of a Durable Power of Attorney if your loved one still has the capacity to execute one.

Elder Law

We Help You Plan for Medicaid Eligibility

If you or your loved one is facing the prospect of long-term assisted care in a facility, or even in your home, Sam can help you plan to become eligible for Medicaid long-term care assistance when you need it, with as little as possible of your own assets having to be spent down for such care prior to becoming eligible. The Medicaid eligibility rules and regulations are complex and can be confusing. Gifting of assets to children or others has been greatly restricted, and if done improperly, can result in a period of ineligibility. We can help you get through the maze of asset and income eligibility requirements, complete the application, and file it at the right time, to achieve the best possible result.