We often feel overwhelmed and underprepared to help our aging and ill loved ones. We have the professional and personal experience to understand how to ensure that your loved one receives the best possible care and service while keeping their dignity intact and family assets protected.
We know that informed, well-prepared clients fair best. We do our best to ensure that you fully understand the intricacies of elder law and how to protect family assets, your parent's dignity, and ensure that appropriate care and services are put in place. We offer:
For nearly three decades Laurie Giles has practiced elder law and planning. The author of What Now? Elder Planning a step-by-step guide to your parent's aging. Laurie is a nationally recognized expert in elder and planning. She has appeared on such television and radio programs including Better Connecticut, Fox and Friends, Fox 61 Morning, the Stan Simpson Show and Golden Age. She has been quoted in countless publications including American Express Open, MSNBC, and AARP. She has been named by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys to the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut list.
From your first contact with our office, you will know that you are more than just a faceless case number. Whether it is our Client Service Director Doreen helping you locate resources, or Heidi our Paralegal helping you organize necessary documents, our staff is here to support you. As part of our community you will:
What is our hourly billable rate? We don’t have one! We believe that the value of the service we provide should outweigh the fee charged. At the Law Office of Laurie Giles, we let you choose the spend based on what makes sense for your budget.
If my parents are unable to handle their own finances, can I have them sign a POA?
That depends on whether or not your parent is legally competent. If they are legally competent (the threshold is lower than medical competence), a POA may be appropriate. If they are not legally competent; you will need to look into a conservatorship.
Will a living trust help to preserve our family assets?
Depending on your family circumstances, a living trust may well protect family assets.
Can both my sibling and I be trustees of the living trust?
Yes, a living trust may have multiple trustees.
Should I talk to my parents regarding their wishes?
Yes, and the sooner the better. Knowing and understanding their wishes will be beneficial in developing their elder plan.