Rhode Island Elder Law Attorneys

Elder law focuses on preparing for the possibility that as we grow older we could become disabled or incapacitated.

The qualifications and experience of the Rhode Island elder law attorneys at Sullivan & Sullivan is unmatched. Jim Sullivan is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), the first and one of only a few to be certified in the state. He is also a member of ElderCounsel. Jim Sullivan is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

We help individuals and families meet the needs of family members with:

  • Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Veterans Asset Protection Trusts
  • Veterans planning for Aid and Attendance benefits
  • Guardianship proceedings for adults with competency issues, such as Alzheimer's
  • Advanced Directives such as Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for financial matters.

At Sullivan & Sullivan, we strive to give you only the tools you really need. An overly complex plan will be difficult to administer and that's the last thing you need when caring for a vulnerable family member.

Call our North Kingstown law office at (401) 294-9556, or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Medicaid Planning and Special Needs Trusts

Few families can afford to pay for nursing home care on their own for the entire time their family member may need care. With proper advance planning Medicaid can begin to pick up expenses sooner rather than later. This can save a family substantial funds over the course of care. But planning must begin early, ideally five years before care is needed.

Practical experience makes a difference in the Medicaid planning process. Attorney Donna Madden handles Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications for our clients.

Veterans Planning and Veteran's Asset Protection Trusts

Disabled veterans qualify for the same types of financial assistance as the general public, but may also be eligible for special benefits through the Veterans Administration, such as VA Aid and Attendance benefits.

Under the VA Aid and Attendance program, a veteran or veteran spouse could qualify for approximately $1,130 (an individual) or $2,085 (for a couple) per month to make up difference for unreimbursed medical expenses provided assistance is needed with activities of daily living and the veteran is within the income and resource parameters.

Attorney Donna Madden handles veterans planning cases. She can assist you in setting up a Veteran's Asset Protection Trust to protect assets that the veteran will need while enabling him or her to qualify for VA assistance programs.

When you need legal guidance to meet long-term medical needs, contact Sullivan & Sullivan.