Elder Law​

Elder Law Applies to Many Ages. It is about planning ahead against contingencies.

Elder law issues are very important to us on a personal level.  Attorney Lori spent an extraordinary amount of time with her maternal grandparents while growing up.  She was there when her grandfather entered a nursing home.  Her told her he didn’t want to be there, but she was only 24-years-old and unable to help him.  She was there to help care for her grandmother who suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, until she finally had to go into a memory-assist home.   These experiences taught her that the most important thing one can do for ones self is to plan ahead of time for the contingencies.  We truly believe that hard-working adults should spend their sunset years in comfort and peace.  Our firm will work hard to save your money so you decide how you want to spend the years of your life.  We want to stop you from being impoverished by the extraordinary cost of long-term care, and we want to support your family in weeding through the options/choices available for you.

We are by your side

We help clients find alternatives to nursing homes but if a nursing home or other extensive care is necessary, we help you ease the burden of placing a loved one in a facility.  Legal planning can be an emotional task.  It is especially difficult as you age, facing the burden of increasing healthcare costs, completing advanced directives and considering the potential loss of personal freedom. 

Life expectancy is at an all time high, which means many will most likely need some sort of long-term care. Our goal is to help you establish an estate plan to protect your assets, so that your life savings and family inheritance is not spent on long-term care health expenses.

You need to know the available estate planning options available to you and prepare the legal documents that will best support your loved ones quickly, effectively and with the least financial burden of taxes and legal fees.   Elder law concerns start when you are young and healthy.  We put plans in place to prepare for contingencies.

We are here to help you develop a solid plan to ease the burden on your family and let you enjoy your life.

If you are an elderly person that is experiencing abuse, or if you know of any instances of abuse, please call the Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-962-2873.

Florida Relay 711 or TTY: 1-800-955-8771

To report abuse online, click this website. 

Things to Consider

  • Who will manage your affairs should you become incapacitated?
  • What type of long-term care would you prefer, nursing home or home health care?
  • How will you pay for that care?
  • How will you protect your assets?
  • What do you want your future to look like?
elderly man contemplating

Focused Areas

  • Incapacity Planning
  • Public Benefits: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and VA Benefits
  • Long-Term Care Asset Protection Planning
  • Resource-Awareness

Family Asset Protection Planning:

  • Spousal Protection Trusts
  • Spousal Refusal and Unavailability
  • Family Caregiver Agreements
  • Pooled Special Needs Trusts
  • Protection of Homestead

Disclaimer:  The Law Office of Lori Vella’s website contains general information directed to Florida residents.  This firm does not intend to give legal advice through its pages and/or blog.  If you need legal advice, we encourage you to find an attorney licensed in your state.  This language on this website website does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and this firm. Review our legal disclaimer page.