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Elder Law: Meeting the Legal Needs of Older People and Their Families

Elder law refers to a variety of legal services that focus on the needs of senior citizens and their family members. It also refers to the needs of disabled children and adults.

In addition to estate planning, the attorneys of The Bagert Law Firm work with a variety of legal tools to meet the wide-ranging needs of their older and disabled clients. We keep abreast of governmental benefits such as Medicare and Medicaid in order to assure the best level of client care while protecting against the unnecessary expenditure of client assets. Where appropriate, we establish guardianships to protect our clients and to empower family members to act on their behalf. We handle estate planning issues, which can include wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. We help clients plan for when and how to transfer their ownership of a business, their investments and their real estate holdings.

Asset Preservation and Long Term Care

Our elder law practice includes planning for long-term care needs, such as nursing home care. We will help clients find legitimate ways to preserve their assets as much as possible. In some cases, this may mean establishing a grantor trust in which assets can be transferred to the trust so that a client can be eligible for Medicaid payment of nursing home costs. After death, the trust repays Medicaid.

Special Needs Trusts

Our lawyers frequently represent parents of children who have special needs. We use a variety of estate planning tools to help clients reach their specific goals. In some cases, that may mean establishing a trust so that the special needs child can receive government benefits, such as Medicaid. As president of a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children with disabilities in New Orleans, Bernard J. Bagert, Jr. understands the issues families face and uses his legal knowledge to help them accomplish their goals.

To learn more about our elder law services, please contact The Bagert Law Firm by e-mail or call (504) 523-1117. We represent clients throughout southeast Louisiana.

What Our Clients Are Saying
  • "Look no further, you have found a jewel! Mr. Bagert is an amazing attorney who treated my elderly father with compassion and respect. He and his team were very professional and acted swiftly on his behalf. I highly recommend the Bagert Law Firm!" - Civil Practice

  • "Mr. Bagert is always available and easy to talk with. He spends a good deal of time explaining and researching every aspect of the case so it is easy to understand what he is trying to accomplish for you and your case" - Civil Practice

  • "The determination and work ethic to help those in need are incalculable. I am grateful to have Ben Bagert as my lawyer of choice." - Criminal Law

  • "Ben was very informative and helped every step of the way." - Business Law

  • "In all dealings with Mr Bagert, I have always found himm to be respectful as well as focused and attentive to my concerns but heaven help the company that tries to abuse my rights when I have Mr Bagert advocating for me. His unusual intelligence is moderated by a down to earth demeanor that enables him to explain complex matters in every day words. I have found that judges and lawyers hold him in very high esteem when we were in court." - Business Law

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