Practice Areas martha brown attorney

Practice Areas
St. Louis Elder Law Attorneys

In an age when we are living longer lives, there are many new issues which face the elderly.

The elder law attorneys and staff at Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC will assist you in planning for yourself or your loved ones.

Estate Planning - We will review your assets, discuss your long-term goals with you and advise you on an estate plan that will allow you to meet those goals. We provide advice to fiduciaries and beneficiaries about trust administration and about their rights and obligations under a trust. We help clients plan for incapacity or disability by preparing durable powers of attorney, health care directives and living wills.

MO HealthNet Benefits (formerly Medicaid) - These laws are constantly changing and our staff can assist you with the application and utilization process of in-home nursing and residential care facilities.

Life Care Planning - A Life Care Plan is a holistic approach to long-term planning for the elderly, disabled or chronically-ill client. It includes legal services to protect assets, coupled with health care assessment, comprehensive care coordination and advocacy services. A Life Care Plan includes the services of an attorney and an elder care coordinator who work together to enhance the quality of life of their client for a lifetime of total care. Life Care Plans are customized to meet our clients' needs and desires and provide the client with a road map to achieving their goals. It connects your concerns with long-term care as you go through the later stages of your life with the knowledge and assistance of Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC.

Long-Term Care Planning (Protection of Assets) - Planning ahead for potential nursing home care can help protect the assets you worked so hard for. At Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC. we know the laws and methods to help you save and protect your assets within the legal limits of the law prior to the need for nursing home care.

Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease - Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer's disease. Martha C. Brown & Associates, as elder law attorneys, are especially equipped to assist families in planning for the high cost of care and therefore, limiting the financial devastation of Alzheimer's Disease for the family.

Special Needs Planning - We can also assist families with estate planning for those with disabilities. We prepare and administer Special Needs Trusts. If proper estate planning is not done, a bequest or trust for the disabled or injured person may result in the loss of public benefits. At Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC we can develop an estate plan through the preparation of a Special Needs Trust which will protect public benefits eligibility.

Veterans Benefits - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides wartime veterans and surviving spouses of deceased wartime veterans a special monthly pension called Aid and Attendance. This pension may be available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who have in-home care or who live in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Eligibility includes military service requirements in addition to a "needs" requirement. The laws governing VA benefits are complex and filing a claim can be time consuming and confusing. We can help with your Veterans Benefits planning.

Guardianship/Conservatorship Estates - We are often faced with a situation when a loved one needs help with their decision making, either because of a physical or mental disability, both to meet their daily living needs and their financial needs. Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC can assist in setting up and maintaining the care they need through a guardianship or conservatorship.

Probate & Trust Administration/Litigation - We can advise whether a deceased person's estate needs to go through the Probate Court and, if so, handle the process on your behalf. In the vast majority of cases, a Decedent's Will is filed for probate and is administered without any conflict. However, in some cases, a dispute may arise over the person applying to be the executor, or the dispute may arise over the validity of the terms of the Will.

Elder Care & Adult Guardianship Mediation - Caring for someone with dementia and/or other disabilities, it is extremely difficult and trying. The conflict that can arise because of Elder Care issues and/or Adult Guardianship issues are mostly from familiar relationships. When family members disagree, tensions build and family relationships begin to unravel. Mediation is especially important in the area of Elder Care and Guardianships. Because of Martha Brown's unique experience with Elder Care issues she is able to give the right assistance to conflicting parties with regard to Elder Care issues.

Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC assists clients with Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County and the surrounding areas including Arnold, Ballwin, Barnhart, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Black Jack, Bonne Terre, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Cedar Hill, Chesterfield, Clayton, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Crystal City, Des Peres, DeSoto, Ellisville, Farmington, Fenton, Festus, Ferguson, Florissant, Fredericktown, Frontenac, Hazelwood, Herculaneum, High Ridge, Hillsboro, House Springs, Imperial, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, Manchester, Maplewood, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, Normandy, O'Fallon, Olivette, Pacific, Pevely, Richmond Heights, St. Ann, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Peters, Ste. Genevieve, Sunset Hills, Town & Country, University City, Union, Valley Park, Washington, Webster Groves, Wentzville and Wildwood.

The information provided on this website is a public service and is not intended as legal advice. Such advice should be obtained from your personal attorney.