Roderick Linton Belfance's attorneys offer counseling and advice in Elder Law. Elder Law is an emerging area of practice that deals with the special needs of this country's fastest growing population – senior citizens.
One aspect of Elder Law deals with planning for the future. Elder Law goes beyond the traditional issues of how an individual will pass along his or her assets at death and concentrates on issues facing today's seniors who are living longer lives than past generations. Important to today's seniors are issues such as future housing, medical care, and what will happen if an elderly individual is incapacitated. Accordingly, as a complement to estate planning, Roderick Linton Belfance offers advice and counseling on issues such as guardianship, conservatorship, Medicaid and other issues of long-term care.
With the continued popularity of nursing homes and assisted living arrangements for the elderly, there has also been a concomitant rise in issues concerning elder abuse. Issues concerning nursing home resident care including staffing, quality of care, use of restraints, and the rights of residents (including their privacy rights) are contained in the Nursing Home Reform Act (NRA) of 1987 and in state-enacted statutes, which provide reporting and investigation requirements. In extreme cases, however, a resident's rights may need to be protected by legal action. A variety of legal theories are potentially available against a nursing home providing substandard care, including breach of contract, fraud, assault, or failure to comply with state nursing home statutes. Our attorneys provide advice and represent seniors and their families in these matters.
Estate Planning and Probate
At Roderick Linton Belfance, we understand that our clients plan not just for their own benefit, but for their families, future generations, and the charitable organizations that they wish to benefit. There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for estate planning. Often a client will need to weigh many issues, including the degree of control that the client wishes to retain over his or her assets over his or her lifetime against the maximization of tax savings. Accordingly, it is with each individual client's goals in mind that our attorneys work to structure a plan designed to minimize exposure to taxation, while at the same time best achieving the client's individual goals.
Our attorneys counsel clients on wills and trusts with a focus on both tax advantages and the clients' personal goals, which often include such issues as safeguarding a child's education, caring for an aging parent, and charitable gift giving. We offer advice and structure solutions regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax planning, as well as in matters concerning business succession planning.
We understand that regardless of whether an estate is modest or involves tens of millions of dollars in assets, it often represents a lifetime of achievement and our clients deserve the highest degree of trust and professionalism in its safeguarding.
Roderick Linton Belfance's attorneys also have extensive experience in probate matters, handling estates, trusts, and guardianships and providing litigation services in all of these matters. In addition to handling trusts and estates, we advise executors, trustees and guardians (both individual and corporate) so that they can properly discharge their duties with skill and confidence and represent fiduciaries in litigation involving wills and trusts, and in actions alleging fiduciary liability.
When it comes to preserving your assets for the future benefit of your family and the charities that you care about, the future is now. The trusted counsel of Roderick Linton Belfance would be honored to assist you in planning for success.