In order to serve you with the highest quality of counsel possible, the Firm’s founding attorney, ROBERT CLOFINE is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the ABA-approved organization recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Of the more than 60,000 licensed attorneys in the State of Pennsylvania, fewer than 50 are certified elder law attorneys. Rob was the 6th Pennsylvania attorney to receive this certification and is uniquely qualified to assist with the following matters:
The Firm specializes in:
The Firm can help anyone concerned about an older adult in York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding communities in South Central Pennsylvania. We help you find the right care for your loved one without losing all of your money to a nursing home. With respect to paying for long-term care, there is a terrible gap between what the law actually is and what people believe the law to be. Most people do not take the time to consult a specialist in this area. Instead, they listen to half-truths and myths and believe there is no hope if a family member enters a nursing home. We provide peace of mind and security and show people how to save tens of thousands of dollars – or more – with the proper planning. Our job as elder law attorneys is to make sure you and your loved ones will be protected when you or they can no longer take care of themselves. Elder law includes estate and tax planning, nursing home asset protection, planning for incapacity, Medicaid planning, Veterans’ Benefits, long-term care insurance issues and other health care matters and planning.
We cannot over-emphasize the importance of early estate planning. People of all ages need to have certain basic tools in place. Estate planning includes wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills and health care powers of attorney, and coordinating property ownership and beneficiary designations with the overall plan. Since our focus is limited to estate planning and elder law, our lawyers analyze and consider issues that other attorney who dabble in the field don’t even recognize.
There is much written about the estate settlement process and probate. The reality is that much of the information given to consumers is misleading or simply false. The fact is that your experience with what happens when a loved one dies has more to do with the lawyer you hire to help you than any other factor. Choose the wrong lawyer and your experience will be a time-consuming, expensive nightmare. Rob and his staff at the Elder Law Firm of Robert Clofine take great pride in simplifying the estate settlement and probate process so that you can relax knowing things are being handled properly. By simplifying the process, we can also save you time and money. The Firm assists with all aspects of estate and trust settlement and probate, including the preparation of Pennsylvania inheritance tax returns, federal estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns.
GUARDIANSHIP AND ESTATE LITIGATION
This includes contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings, Will and Trust reformations and Will and Trust disputes.
SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING
Special Needs Planning plays an important role for families striving to meet current and future financial and medical needs of a disabled family member. Through the use of various types of “special needs trusts” you can preserve a disabled person’s entitlement to various government benefit programs designed for people with disabilities. These trusts are also used to preserve personal injury judgments for individuals who have been severely injured and disabled due to an accident. The overall goal of Special Needs Planning is to substantially improve the life of the disabled individuals by preserving public assistance benefits; providing for cost effective medical treatment coverage and establishing a way to effectively manage the disabled person’s financial resources.
SEMINARS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Our attorneys are available to speak to local groups and organizations. They provide in-service training for social workers and are available to speak on all estate planning and elder law topics. If you are interested in having one of our attorneys speak at an event, please contact us.