In this installment of our interview series, we chat with Katie Miles, an Elder Law Attorney with Quinn Estate & Elder Law in Manchester, Missouri. We talk about the services an elder law attorney can help you with, why it’s important to have a Power of Attorney in place, and more.
I have personal and professional experience that led me to elder law. My first career was as an occupational therapist, where I worked primarily with older adults. I also volunteered with hospice patients prior to becoming an attorney.
As an elder law attorney, I wanted to advocate for older adults and people with disabilities and help them navigate situations that may be new or challenging. I am most proud of the ongoing positive interactions I have with my clients.
My area of expertise is elder law, long term care planning, and special needs planning.
I help people get proper legal documents in place, such as Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Trusts. These documents are important in determining who makes decisions on your behalf if you get sick, and how your estate is eventually passed on. I also assist older adults with accessing public benefits, such as VA benefits, which may help pay for home care. In addition, I also assist families with special needs planning, which is particularly important when families have an adult child with a disability.
My top tip is to make sure older adults have proper Powers of Attorney in place, as these documents allow the older adult to determine who would make financial transactions, and who would make medical decisions, if they are not able to.
Powers of Attorney also ensure that there IS someone with legal authority to make these decisions on behalf of an older adult in the event they get sick - without these documents, family members may need to seek a guardianship or conservatorship to make decisions on their behalf.
I would recommend family members have conversations and open communication with the older adults in their lives to determine if estate planning is in place and, if not, all adults should be encouraged to get these documents in place.
People should get in touch with me if they do not have estate planning documents in place or if there has been a change in life situation that necessitates updating the decision makers on their documents. In addition, if someone is a veteran or a surviving spouse of a veteran, they might want to contact me to learn more about the potential of VA benefits which can help with costs of home care.
Readers can email me at email@example.com or call Quinn Estate and Elder Law at 636-394-7242.
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