In Missouri, older adults have a right to make decisions for themselves regarding care, living arrangements and financial matters. In the event that they become unable to make these decisions, legal arrangements must be made in order to protect their best interests. These arrangements may include:
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
- Advanced Directives
- Legal Guardianship
For more detailed information, please contact Legal Aid of Western Missouri by calling 816-474-6750. In the event Legal Aid is not able to assist you, please consider contacting an elder law attorney.
Elder law attorneys specialize in the following areas: estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, management and administration of estates; long-term care, nursing home or assisted-living issues; claims and appeals for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SSI, disability, pension and insurance; end-of-life planning, including durable powers of attorney, living wills, advanced directives, conservatorships and guardianships; and elder rights, including age discrimination, elder abuse and fraud.
The MARC Department of Aging and Adult Services makes limited legal assistance available to those caregiving for an older adult over the age of 60 and grandparents aged 55 years and older who are pursuing guardianship for a grandchild. There is no predetermined fee scale for legal assistance provided through the MARC Department of Aging and Adult Services with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Voluntary contributions are accepted to help defray the cost of services received.