What is Elder Law

Elder Law is an area of practice centered on seniors and their families.  It often includes long-term care planning including medical and financial options, veterans benefits planning, estate planning and special needs planning.  However, it frequently overlaps with many other legal issues such as probate, real estate, business and even family law.

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Not only for the Wealthy

On one end of the scale, the most wealthy families can afford the costs of long-term care. Everyone knows that public programs are available to those less fortunate that are on the other end of the scale. What happens to those of us in the middle? The middle class suffer more during a long-term care crisis but that suffering may be avoidable with planning. We help you protect what you have built, we help you ensure it passes to your loved ones and we help you preserve a legacy.

Our Process

We help families prevent financial problems caused by long-term care.

Our process begins with a personal meeting between you with your family and our staff.  Once you and your family decide how much you want to protect and when you want to protect it, we will build and implement your plan.

There is no cost to find out if we can help and it all starts by you scheduling an appointment.

Importance of Elder Law

According to the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey the monthly cost of care for an assisted living facility in Kansas costs $3,363.  For nursing home care, even if the room is shared with another individual, it costs $5,384.  These are estimates based upon surveys and this information excludes Wichita, Topeka, Manhattan and Lawrence.

Sometimes people believe, or it is really more of a wish, but they think they will not need long-term care.  The chances are very high that you or someone you love will.  According to LongTermCare.gov:

70% of people turning age 65 can expect to use some form of long-term care during their lives.

Genworth predicts that the same semi-private room in a nursing home that costs $64,605 when they conducted the survey in 2017 will cost $86,824 in 2027. Even if Genworth was wrong and no price increases occurred, that would still be $646,050 for a ten year stay in the nursing home.

Who can actually afford that? Even if you could, how much would you be able to leave to your family? Under these circumstances it should not be surprising that long-term care can devastate a life’s savings and prevent you from leaving anything for your family.

Monthly Cost of Care for Kansas*

  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Nursing Home Care (Semi-Private Room)
  • Nursing Home Care (Private Room)

Cost of Care in 2017

According to Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2017

Assisted Living Nursing Home
Semi-Private Room
Nursing Home
Private Room
Lawrence $57,306 $61,320 $68,620
Manhattan $53,536 $62,050 $66,430
Topeka $53,100 $77,362 $83,695
Wichita $51,000 $65,700 $69,872
Rest of State $40,350 $64,605 $72,088

Cost of Care in 2027

According to Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2017

Assisted Living Nursing Home
Semi-Private Room
Nursing Home
Private Room
Lawrence $77,014 $82,409 $92,220
Manhattan $70,604 $83,390 $89,276
Topeka $71,362 $103,968 $112,479
Wichita $68,540 $88,295 $93,902
Rest of State $54,227 $86,824 $96,880

Selection of Attorney


If you were going to the doctor for heart issues, would you go to a brain surgeon?  You may go to a family practice doctor who would them refer you to a heart doctor, but ultimately you would end up at a doctor that works with people and their hearts.  Attorneys have practice areas as well so, if you need to address issues of aging whether you are the one with the issues or a family member addressing the issues of a loved one, you should seek out an attorney that works with seniors and their families.  We help plan for general estate issues, long-term care, asset protection and so much more.  We consider medical, legal and financial issues that seniors and their families face during the aging process.

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Our Process

We help families prevent financial problems caused by long-term care.  Our process begins with a personal meeting between you with your family and our staff.  Once you and your family decide how much you want to protect and when you want to protect it, we will build and implement your plan.

There is no cost to find out if we can help and it all starts by you scheduling an appointment.

Elder Law Services

financially devastated senior nursing home
MEDICAID PLANNING

Using strategies to evaluate current and future options for asset preservation.

veteran nursing home
VETERANS PLANNING

Assisting our veterans with planning for long-term care.

Estate Planning
ESTATE PLANNING

Using strategies and tools to help families with legacy planning.

Probate
PROBATE PROCESS

Taking legal action to assist both proactively and reactively.