Elder Law  Through Life Care Planning

Relief Comes From Knowing You’ll Be Cared For

Elder Law works better when care is our primary concern. Your Elder Care Coordinator will work with you, be your care advocate and lift the weight from your shoulders.

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Care Concerns

  • Who will care for my spouse or parent if I’m not around?
  • How do I know who to trust for care?
  • What happens if a family caregiver experiences burnout?

Financial Worries

  • How will I afford a nursing home or other care?
  • Will I qualify for Medicaid?
  • Won’t Medicare pay for the nursing home?
  • Do I have to spend my life savings to receive Medicaid?

Legal Questions

  • How do I decide who will make decisions for me if I can’t make them for myself?
  • My friend has a trust, do I need one?
  • I haven’t updated my will since my kids were young, should I make changes?

Families Benefit With Life Care Planning

Care-Centered Planing

The Life Care Plan places special emphasis on issues surrounding the people with ongoing care needs. Your plan is designed to ease your worries about finding, getting, and paying for the care you need.

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Elder Care Coordinator

Our Elder Care Coordinator supports families by coordinating needed care  and community services, as well as serving as the elder’s advocate.  This lightens the load for family caregivers, improves our client’s qualify of life, and can even postpone the need for nursing home care for those living at home.

Flat Fee Billing

Life Care Plans, billed as a flat fee, include support, advocacy, legal documents, Medicaid/VA benefits planning, and more. Our Life Care Planning clients find value in having partners they know are looking out for their needs and easily within reach to assist.

How Your Life Care Plan Develops

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Step 1

Initial Meeting

After our intro phone call, we’ll send you a packet to fill out and return to us. Once we get that back, we will meet with our client and their family to discuss their care and estate planning needs.

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Step 2

Elder Care Coordinator Visit

Our Elder Care Coordinator visits our client or clients where they live to assess their abilities and needs. This assessment is the most critical part of the planning process. 

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Step 3

Plan Meeting

We go over our proposed plan, answer your questions, and execute any legal documents. You leave with the peace of mind that you’ll have the care you need.

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Step 4

Ongoing Assistance

The typical  Life Care Plan includes a year of access to our team and quarterly check-ins with our Elder Care Coordinator. 

Your Team

Andrew Schierberg

Andrew Schierberg

Attorney

Andrew has dedicated his life to helping others through 19 years as a law enforcement officer in Northern Kentucky and 12 years as an attorney. Andrew chose to focus his practice on elder law and estate planning following the death of a close family member. In helping his family navigate the legal issues before and after the loved one’s death, he saw this area of law as a way to continue helping people in the community he has called home for his entire life. He also realized his experience as a police officer, where he was often with families experiencing a crisis, helped him as an attorney to navigate difficult situations with a calm approach.

Suzanne Piper-Baird

Elder Care Coordinator

Forever passionate about helping others, Suzanne began working with the senior adult population over 20 years ago. From social work to management of a dementia unit and on to outreach and development, she devoted herself to learning all aspects of senior care.

Suzanne started her own senior care business nine years ago. It grew out of her commitment to helping those in advanced age live their best lives. Now, through Life Care Planning she offers demonstrated knowledge and comprehensive options to senior adults and their families facing chronic illness, disability, home care and in-patient care and other life concerns. Her goal is to help and empower them in making confident care decisions.

One of her latest endeavors with the senior adult community is her role as a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, bringing activity, enjoyment and wellness to seniors through Laughter Yoga and senior exercise.

Who is a Life Care Planning Client?

Seniors, individuals or couples, who are struggling to live fully independently or already living with some assistance due to situations like:

  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Chronic illness
  • Cognative decline
  • Basic effects of aging

 

Individuals, of any age, who are disabled and unable to live independently without some level of care assistance. Sometimes these clients have:

 

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Special needs
  • Traumatic brain injuries

The Life Care Plan Model

We Focus On Care Because We Care

The Life Care Plan is likely different from any other interaction you’ve had with another lawyer.  Most lawyers deal in “transactions.” That means you pay a fee to the lawyer for a transaction: for example, the lawyer closes a real estate contract for you and you pay him a fee for the service. That’s a transaction, and once the transaction is completed, the legal representation ends.

 By contrast, your Life Care Plan with us is a relationship. Although we do create documents for you, help you with accessing and advocating for good care, and represent you in making application for public benefits, those services form part of our relationship with you—but none of them in and of itself is the relationship.

Like any good relationship, you will get the most benefit out of your Life Care Plan relationship by communicating freely with us about your health care and long-term care needs. 

Three Dimensions of Life Care Planning

Legal

The legal dimension of Life Care Planning involves addressing your estate planning documents. If you have a current will, trust, power of attorney, or living will, we will review those documents with you to determine whether they still meet your needs. If your documents need updating or you don’t have some of these critical documents in place, we will draft them for you.

Financial

You may be working on restructuring or retitling your assets, changing beneficiary designations and the like. This is the financial care domain

Care

The care domain is where our clients see the greatest benefit of Life Care Planning over traditional elder law. This domain includes health care, family and social supports, home, and transportation. Our Elder Care Coordinator assesses the needs of you or your loved one to put a plan in place that allows our client to age in place (with the right assistance), or identify the best place for our client to live with appropriate care.

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