Elder Law

Wills – Medicaid Protection Trusts – VA Pension Planning – Powers of Attorney – Interdictions

While many other states have taken a proactive approach senior citizens law and elder law, Louisiana is beginning to adopt many protections for our senior citizens, in addition to enacting new laws to benefit senior citizens.

While there is no universally accepted definition of elder law, most practicing attorneys consider elder law as a wide arena whereby the attorney helps address and plans for issues facing our senior citizen population. These issues may be addressed through the use of last wills and testaments, powers of attorney, interdictions, medical directives, medicaid law, and veterans administration pension planning.

Interdictions in Louisiana is a process whereby the court will appoint an individual’s family member to handle all of the affairs of the individual who is in need of an Interdiction. While Interdictions may be prevented through the use of a Power of Attorney, they may still be necessary when the Power of Attorney has expired or if the family member must take actions on behalf of the Interdict which are not specifically covered in the Power of Attorney. If an individual cannot take care of his or her own financial or personal affairs, it may be necessary that one of the family members to begin the interdiction process.

Veterans Administration Pension Planning is a relatively new area of the law being practiced in Louisiana. Did you know that if you or your spouse was a veteran of the United States Military, then you can receive an annual pension? And, there is NO requirement that the veteran retired from military service!

Depending on the veteran or his or her spouse’s financial and medical needs, the pension may result in the applicant receiving an additional $800 to $1,800 per month, for the rest of their life! If you or your spouse was a veteran, please contact our office to see if you qualify for this program.

Not only is Chip Morrison a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist (certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization), but he is also certified to practice before the Veterans Administration Board.