Weston, Florida Elder Law Attorney
Board Certified Elder Law Attorney Stephanie L. Schneider, Esquire serving Weston, Florida, has broad experience working with people of ALL ages, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientation. Stephanie is skilled at helping clients find creative solutions to their aging challenges including:
- Estate planning (Wills, Trust, Durable Power of Attorney, Designation of Healthcare Surrogate, Living Will) for adults of any age;
- Creating a special needs trust for a beneficiary that has a disability or special needs so they don't lose their Medicaid, Food Stamps or SSI benefits when they receive an inheritance;
- Financing long term care needs through Medicaid and Veteran Aid & Attendance benefits;
- Establishing a guardianship for an incapacitated adult;
- Establishing a guardianship for a minor whose parents are incapacitated or, have died;
- Establishing a guardian advocate proceeding for a young adult born with a developmental disability such as autism, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida;
- Reviewing admission agreements before a potential resident enters an assisted living community, memory care center or, skilled nursing center and advising them of their rights;
- Administering a trust after the creator of the trust has died;
- Guiding fiduciaries about their duties and responsibilities (agent under a Durable Power of Attorney, agent under a Designation of Healthcare Surrogate, Personal Representative named in a Last Will & Testament, Successor Trustee named in a Revocable Trust Agreement).
Elder law is the holistic legal practice of helping clients find solutions to aging challenges at ALL ages. Elder law is NOT just for people over age 65. Every person between the ages of 1 and 100 needs an elder law attorney.
Stephanie’s years of experience can save you privacy, time, expense and help you achieve peace of mind. The time to call Stephanie is now - don’t wait until a crisis or emergency happens. The sooner you consult with Weston Elder Law attorney Stephanie L. Schneider, the more planning options you will have available.
Why should I hire a "Board Certified" Elder Law Attorney in Weston?
Board certification assures the public that an attorney has responsibly continued their legal education and is current on changes in the law.
Board certification demonstrates that an elder law attorney like Stephanie L. Schneider, Esquire has specialized knowledge in elder law, and does not dabble. It is important that your attorney stay up-to-date on changes in the law.
Stephanie L. Schneider, Esquire only practices elder law. She has over 30 years of experience and was the 110th attorney in the United States to become Board Certified in Elder Law.
Our Elder Law Services include but are not limited to:
- Estate Planning
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Estate & Incapacity Planning For Same-Sex Couples
- Long-Term Care (Medicaid) Planning
- Veterans Benefits Eligibility Counseling
- Probate & Trust Administration
- Legal Planning For Young Adults
- Planning For Families With Special Needs
- Advocacy Services
Why do some elder law attorneys charge a consultation fee?
Stephanie L. Schneider is a Weston, Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney with 30 years of experience specializing in elder law. Stephanie charges a consultation fee so you can benefit from her specialized knowledge and experience to get solutions tailored to resolve your legal challenges.
Stephanie listens carefully to your concerns and goals, she reviews existing legal documents to determine whether they will help resolve your issue, she explains your legal rights and how the law applies to your personal set of facts. Stephanie will recommend various planning options and explain the possible outcomes.
At the end of your consultation with Stephanie you will be educated, have your questions answered, and feel empowered to make the best decision. You will receive a written proposal outlining the cost of her services and what you will receive.
“You get what you pay for” so be careful of choosing an attorney based on a free consultation; you may end up spending the time filling out a questionnaire and not receiving any legal advice.
Questions Consumers Should Ask & The Answers
- How can I make financial and medical decisions for my child after he turns 18 if he is incapacitated? Your young adult needs a Durable Power of Attorney and Designation of Healthcare Surrogate so that you can make decisions in case he is in an accident or ill.
- Is it a good idea to transfer my home to my child in case I need Medicaid assistance? Not necessary. Transferring your home will cause you to lose your homestead exemption and cause delay in qualifying for Medicaid. Your situation should be evaluated.
- Why shouldn’t I name my children as Personal Representative of my Last Will & Testament or, as Successor Trustee of my Revocable Trust? Naming an impartial fiduciary will contribute to maintaining peace and harmony in the family.
- I am gay and considering marrying my partner. What should I think about? Explore the pros and cons of your rights and responsibilities under federal laws such as Social Security benefits, the tax code, veteran benefits as well as state benefits such as homestead tax exemption, and inheritance rights.
- I am getting divorced and my spouse will pay child support for our adult disabled child. Can my child qualify for government benefits? Child support counts as income unless you hire an elder law attorney to create a special needs trust and obtain a court order directing the child support payments into the trust.
- Should I sign the admission agreement for the nursing home/assisted living facility on behalf of my parent/spouse? If your parent is competent have him sign the agreement. Otherwise if you are the power of attorney or healthcare surrogate indicate that when you sign it to avoid being a guarantor of payment.
Technology and Virtual Consultations
Utilizing secured, encrypted video software, Stephanie can virtually meet with clients no matter where they reside. Many of Stephanie's legal services can be provided remotely to clients who reside in any county in Florida. Services such as probate administration and trust administration (when a person dies and leaves assets to be distributed to beneficiaries) can be done electronically with the Courts in any county in Florida.
Stephanie is licensed to practice law only in Florida, and consults with clients who live elsewhere. Stephanie works with clients of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientation.
Weston Elder Law Attorney for LGBTQ clients?
Stephanie L. Schneider an ally of the LGBTQ community in Weston.
Stephanie has served the LGBTQ community her entire career. Stephanie is an advocate, ally and educator in the LGBTQ community.
Stephanie has been instrumental in implementing cultural diversity training for businesses and hospitals. Stephanie co-created and co-presented with SunServe the “Healthcare Competence and Patient Diversity Symposium: Delivering Healthcare to Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual and Transgender Patients and Non Traditional Families” at Memorial Regional Hospital on February 22, 2012.
Enjoy this complimentary hand-out entitled “Top Ten Reasons Why The LGBTQ Community Consults With Stephanie L. Schneider, Esq. Board Certified Elder Law Attorney” and the hand-out “LGBTQ Healthcare Bill of Rights.”
Get Started – Schedule a Consultation Today
Our Weston Elder Law firm is open and ready to provide legal counsel, compassionate support, and solutions to individuals and families who face challenging aging issues.
Please call our office at 954-382-1997 and we can schedule a video conference call or, telephone consultation.
Stephanie's consultation fee is the best investment in your legal future.
Call our office at 954-382-1997 to obtain a consultation fee quote. A portion of certain consult fees will be applied to the cost of legal services.
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