Scott Counsel PC July 2019 856-281-3131

JULY 2019

Everyone Deserves a Plan What’s Yours?

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in middle school. What I didn’t know was that I would eventually practice elder law. It wasn’t until after I spent a couple summers in college selling medical equipment that I realized a career as an elder law attorney was something I could be passionate about. Much of what I was selling was intended for seniors, so I got to interact with them much more than I would have otherwise. I found that I had a heart for working with seniors. They were always so respectful and thoughtful when I conversed with them, and that got me thinking about how I could combine working with them with my desire to pursue a career in law. Becoming an elder law attorney was the natural choice. I also found that seniors were often in need of advocates who would fight for their rights when no one else would. Things like nursing home neglect and abuse are all too common, and countless seniors wait until they’re in hospice before they start thinking about putting together an estate plan. My daily responsibilities come with their fair share of rewarding and challenging aspects. I’ve worked with clients of all backgrounds and belief systems while they were trying to put together their last will and testament in “At Scott Counsel, P.C., our motto is “every life deserves a plan,” whether that be a legal plan, a financial plan, a plan of care, or all three — we can do it all under one roof. ”

the last months of their lives. One thing that I’ve learned through those experiences is that in most cases, people are forced to improvise with their estate plan unless they have someone like me. Getting to know clients in hospice care, and maybe even getting them to laugh, really brings me a lot of joy. That being said, I think what’s most rewarding for me is when we’re able to help a family rest easy, whether that be through estate planning help or by helping them get access to Medicaid for their medical bills. And therein lies the most challenging aspect of my job. So often my clients get treated like beggars by the government. They face an uphill legal battle to be able to use Medicaid for long- term care or medical bills, even though they’ve paid into the system their whole lives. Why should they have to fight to draw money from

a fund that they’ve paid into with a portion of every paycheck they’ve ever earned?

At Scott Counsel, P.C., our motto is “every life deserves a plan,”whether that be a legal plan, a financial plan, a plan of care, or all three — we can do it all under one roof. Think of us as a general contractor, here to help with all the issues in aging and caregiving. We also have this saying: There are those who plan, and there are those who panic. No one can know for sure when they or a family member will be diagnosed with a life- threatening illness or pass away suddenly. But whatever the situation, Scott Counsel, P.C. will be there to help you every step of the way.

-Justin Scott | 1

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