Elder Law Areas Of Practice

"Elder law" is not an actual area of the law in the technical sense. There are no elder law courts, judges or codes. However, there are areas of the law that involve and affect many people as they grow older or live with disabilities. Rippy, Stepps & Associates advise clients in a wide range of legal matters that central Arkansas seniors and their families must often confront, including:

  • Estate planning: wills, trusts and powers of attorney
  • "Living wills" or health care directives (also called advance directives)
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Preparing for long-term care needs
  • Long-term care insurance issues
  • Long-term care facility contracts
  • In-home health care and personal assistance needs, services and contracts
  • Prevention of, and corrective actions for, elder exploitation and abuse
  • Qualifying for Medicaid when it becomes necessary, through preplanning

How Will Your Family Cope With Your Loved One's Need For Long-Term Care?

Rippy, Stepps & Associates has built a strong reputation for attentive, effective and personalized legal advice related to all aspects of elder law, including long-term care issues. Perhaps you need a referral for social agencies that can help. You may need advice on what to do when you suspect your elderly mother, father or other family member is suffering abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility; our attorneys have valuable insights. Whatever your concerns, we can evaluate your situation, make referrals, review contracts and interact with insurance companies on your behalf.

What Steps Should You Take To Protect Your Children As You Approach Retirement Age And Beyond?

Often, the decline and death of an elderly parent reminds younger adults in the family of things they should consider regarding their own advancing stages of life. Elder law attorneys can help you conduct an inventory of legal issues you and your family will likely face some day. Whatever age you are when these matters come to mind is a good age to request a consultation about Medicare, long-term care insurance, wills and trusts, preplanning to qualify for Medicaid, applying for Medicaid and more.

Please Consider Rippy, Stepps & Associates Your Point Of Contact For Elder Law Needs

Allow us to explain how we can address your concerns and guide you through tough decisions about health care, long-term care, cost-effectiveness comparisons between in-home care versus long-term care facilities and other related topics. Call 501-358-3932 or email us to schedule a consultation.