Assisting North Georgia Seniors in Planning for Their Golden Years
By Gregory Flail
Since 2014, the Nelson Elder Care Law Firm has provided the highest quality services in elder law, estate planning, as well as probate and estate administration.
Recently, the mother-and-son legal team of Cindy and Josh Nelson earned accolades from their clients, their community, and their peers. Last year, the firm was the sole recipient of the Excellence in Customer Service Award from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and was acknowledged by Law Firm 500 as the 47th fastest growing firm in the nation. Super Lawyers, one of the most credible online evaluators of legal services, rates the firm’s founder, Cindy Nelson, as one of the most excellent elder care law attorneys in the nation.
Nelson Elder Care Law has earned its outstanding reputation for good reasons. Cindy Nelson has dedicated her career to improving the lives of Georgians as they age. She previously worked for Area Agency on Aging, the Georgia Long-term Care Ombudsman, a superior court judge, and a Cobb County probate judge.
When Cindy founded Nelson Elder Care Law, her son, Josh, had been an accountant and tax attorney. After seeing Cindy stop the legal struggles seniors endure simply because they do not know what options they have and noticing the impact she was making in the community, Josh shifted his financial expertise to elder law.
The need turned out to be greater than Josh and Cindy had expected. Currently, 30,000 seniors reside in Cherokee County, and Cobb County is home to more than 80,000 seniors. Eventually, every Georgian will need some degree of assistance with their post-retirement elder care needs. Planning ahead is the only way to ensure that people’s wishes will be carried out, and that they can have the kind of care they desire.
Among the perceived barriers to seeking elder care legal help is the cost. Nelson Elder Care Law makes every effort to put clients at ease and alleviate concerns they may have about paying an attorney by the hour. “When you visit us, you walk into an inviting family-like atmosphere; you won’t find a room full of suits,” Josh said. “We offer an absolutely free initial consultation, so that our clients are informed about their options before they make any commitments. It’s important to us that seniors know their options and can get guidance on their next steps, whether they are planning for their future or needing to protect their family from the costs and hardships of a current care need.”
The firm is unique in that it also offers every client a “happiness specialist,” whose primary goal is to be sure clients are completely satisfied with the service they receive.
In Georgia, where the median age is 33, the largest sector of the population is concentrated between the ages of 35 and 60. Although this age group may not perceive themselves as likely to need medical care anytime soon, the reality is often quite different. Of those who reach retirement, approximately 70% will need long-term medical care. Most will not be adequately covered, since only 8% of Americans have long-term insurance. “Elder care law is not just about having a will,” Josh said. “Our main goal is to provide certainty for seniors, ensuring that they get to make their own decisions, preserve their autonomy, and make sure they don’t run out of money when they eventually require medical care.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to important legal matters, most Americans fail to consider the issues common to us all. The age of retirement has not changed, but thanks to medical advances, Americans are living and working longer. However, the cost of high-quality care often exceeds the limits of Medicare and most retirement incomes.
“There is no downside to planning,” said Cindy. “There is only an upside. If life throws you a curveball, you don’t want to be the one who puts your family through a difficult situation or burdens them financially. If you have a plan, you can avoid all of that.”
For anyone who has ever wondered about the consequences of facing injury, illness, or even an exceptionally long life without being properly prepared, the time to start planning is always now. There are elder care issues for which everyone should plan, such as legal directives, power of attorney, and a living will. Almost everyone is aware that they will one day need a last will and testament. Many believe this is all they will need.
However, Josh offers this piece of cautious advice, “A will alone won’t help you if you’re alive and too ill to express or carry out your wishes. You’re going to want a real plan, not just legal documents, so that someone you trust can make those decisions legally and easily.”
Nelson Elder Care Law offers complimentary consultations for all prospective new clients. To schedule a consultation or learn more about the firm, please call, visit their website, or send them an email. The firm has two convenient north Georgia locations.
Nelson Elder Care Law
2230 Towne Lake Parkway
Building 900, Suite 200
Woodstock, GA 30189
2414 Dallas Highway
Marietta, GA 30064