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Difference between an elder law attorney and an estate planning attorney

by David Cutner, Elder Law Expert
August 05, 2016

Question: Is there a difference between an elder law attorney and an estate planning attorney?

Answer: Yes.  Estate planning is primarily concerned with implementing your wishes and distributing your assets after you pass on, in the most efficient and tax advantaged way.  The basic difference is that Elder Law planning seeks to preserve your income and assets for your use while you are alive (which creates a greater likelihood that you will actually have something to leave to your heirs).  That way you can continue to maintain your lifestyle if you need home care, and you will have the funds available to be as comfortable as possible if you enter a nursing facility. Without a good Elder Law plan to preserve and protect your assets and income, you may find that, while you have lovely estate planning documents, you have no estate.

David Cutner is one of the founders of Lamson & Cutner, P.C., a preeminent Elder Law firm in New York City and Westchester County. Mr. Cutner is known as an experienced and compassionate advocate for the elderly and disabled. Personal attention to the financial and health care needs of each client, and accurate, individualized advice, are hallmarks of the firm. Mr. Cutner helps clients achieve their goals in a cost-effective way.

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