SkarlatosZonarich LLC Elder and Special Needs Law Practice
An Integrated Approach

SkarlatosZonarich LLC has adopted a team approach to delivering Elder Law and Special Needs services to our clients. While most of the needs of our clients can be met by our elder/special needs law attorneys, attorneys specializing in other practice areas are able to add their collective expertise to the myriad of legal issues faced by clients during their retirement years and those with special needs. Our lead elder/special needs law attorneys coordinate the delivery of services, working in collaboration with attorneys from all of our practice areas as the need arises.

SkarlatosZonarich’s elder and special needs law services include:

  • Preparation of estate planning documents, both simple and complex
  • Preparation of Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Establishment of trusts, including special needs and supplemental needs trusts
  • Advice regarding the sale and transfer of businesses
  • Planning for long-term care and Medical Assistance Eligibility, including asset protection planning to benefit a spouse,
  • disabled family members and heirs
  • Caregiver planning
  • Nursing home admission and discharge representation
  • Establishment of guardianships
  • Assistance in obtaining government benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medical Assistance and Veterans benefits

Recognizing that the legal needs of retirement age clients and individuals with special needs are intertwined with their health care needs, an integral member of our elder and special needs law practice is our Director of Care Management, a masters degree Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. In coordination with the legal services provided by our attorneys, our Director of Care Management assists clients by providing the following services:

  • Level of care assessment
  • Consultation regarding long-term care options and facilities
  • Patient advocacy and service as liaison between client and healthcare providers
  • Safety assessment and oversight of home-based services, applying universal design principles and promoting telecare and assistive technologies
  • Caregiver support and education
  • Liaison for out-of-town family members
  • Accompanying clients to medical visits
  • Relocation assistance
  • Screening, arranging and monitoring of in-home care services and community resources to maintain independence within the home setting
  • Coordination of health, medical, and social support systems
  • Assistance with bill paying and home maintenance
  • Consultation regarding – Individualized Educational Plans and 504 plans