Elder Law

Charlotte C. Johnson has over ten years of experience in elder law, special needs planning, and estate planning. Ms. Johnson is active in her community, serving on the Board of the Arizona Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and Executive Committee for the Elder Law, Mental Health, and Special Needs Planning Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Charlotte enjoys helping her clients solve the legal issues that face the aging and special needs populations

Elder Law focuses on the needs of a particular type of client, that being the aging and disabled, rather than a type of service, such as a Will or Trust. We counsel with those clients, or their loved ones, about legal options and resources that can help protect and care for those who cannot do so for themselves, if and when that time comes.

Long Term Care Planning

Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) is one of the Medicaid programs under the AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System) umbrella. It is an insurance that covers the cost of long term care and medical expenses for those that qualify. It is intended for the poor and may enable married couples to avoid complete impoverishment.

Special Needs Planning

What makes special needs planning special? Unlike planning for most typical loved ones, special needs planning is intended to protect and provide for loved ones who may be facing unique, lifelong challenges and limitations, as well as participating in means-based benefits programs necessary to assist them with their limitations.

Incapacity and Guardianship

Whether due to age, illness, disability, or accident, incapacity can happen to anyone. By planning ahead, you can provide the legal tools to enable your loved ones to more easily help and protect you. Unfortunately, if you wait until you actually need help or protection, your options may be much more limited and complicated due to incapacity.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is more than just a Will. It is intended to protect you and your property—both during your lifetime and after. Estate planning can help fulfill many of your goals, such as:

  • Probate avoidance
  • Planning for your future incapacity or death
  • Designate the use of your assets on your death
  • Provide for your beneficiaries / charities
  • Protect beneficiaries (special needs, substance abuse, money management, marital difficulty, creditor problems, criminal behavior, etc.)
  • Tax planning
  • Designate a guardian for minor or disabled children

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