Elder Law

Elder Law

As loved ones age, the task of planning for their future care can be overwhelming. Elder law focuses on the financial, legal, and health care needs of individuals aged 65 and older. As elder law advocates, our attorneys are committed to providing solutions to the needs and concerns of clients in this group and their families. Preserving a lifetime of savings and protecting one’s dignity requires a solid understanding of complex state and federal laws and the practices of Medicaid workers in individual counties.

Through active memberships in the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, our attorneys stay informed on the latest issues affecting their clients.  One of our attorneys is accredited by the Veterans Administration and is able to represent veterans with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims before the Administration.

Relationships between elder law attorneys and their clients are very personal. Therefore, we offer clients a single point of contact for all their elder law needs. Our services include:

  • Nursing home and medical assistance planning
  • Asset protection
  • Gifting and divestment planning
  • Medicare and Medicaid benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • Insurance analysis (including long-term care insurance)
  • Residential housing and other living options
  • Planning for individuals with special needs
  • Tax planning
  • Durable powers of attorney for property and finances
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Marital property agreements
  • Real estate
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Veterans’ benefits

Ruder Ware publishes an electronic newsletter titled Elder Law Advisor addressing current elder law issues written by attorneys who regularly provide counsel in this changing area of law.

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Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

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CMS Releases Key Medicare Figures for 2021

Posted on November 23, 2020 by

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released key Medicare figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits.  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. As is normally the case, Medicare deductibles and premiums have  increased for 2021.  Many deductibles and co-pays […]

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Elder Law

Proposed Gift and Estate Tax Changes Mean Some May Need to Act Now

Posted on April 9, 2021 by and

In the United States Congress, there is an arduous journey before a bill becomes law.  See the classic School House Rock! video, “I’m Just a Bill.”  But there is a common theme running through some gift and estate tax bills that have been introduced in Congress this year.  That is: an appropriate way to raise […]

Adult Guardianship 101

Posted on March 17, 2021 by

Our team here at Ruder Ware has focused previous blogs and other educational materials on ways to avoid adult guardianship (see Related Articles section at the end of my post); however, there may be some instances where guardianship is unavoidable.  Earlier this month, I attempted to simplify the guardianship process in my vlog.  This blog […]

What is the Estate Tax and How Does it Work?

Posted on February 17, 2021 by

Earlier this month, I provided a very brief overview of the estate tax in a vlog.  You can view the vlog here.  In this blog post, I’ll expand on estate tax basics. What is the estate tax?  At its foundation, the estate tax is a tax imposed on the transfer of property upon death.  It […]

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