Practice Areas

Our goal is to provide outstanding legal service and compassionate support to all of our clients throughout Southern Illinois.  Whether we are helping you protect your future with Estate Planning or working together to find a way to pay for the high cost of Long-Term Care, Hafford Elder Law Planning is here for you. Learn more about the practice areas and services we provide to our clients and do not wait to contact us to schedule your appointment with attorney Maria B. Hafford.

Elder Law

When it comes to Long-Term Care planning none of us want to think about what could happen. The costs in our state and across the nation, however, continue to rise. Being prepared as soon as possible is a key to saving you hundreds of thousands of dollars on Long-Term Care. Don’t wait to talk to us about your needs!

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning in Southern Illinois is critical. Good Estate Planning can ensure that in a crisis you and your family are protected against uncertainty. Estate Planning is about more than just your Last Will and Testament though. It is also about choosing your decision makers who can care for you in the event of a crisis. Let’s discuss your goals and create the right plan for you!

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning in Southern Illinois is critical. Good Estate Planning can ensure that in a crisis you and your family are protected against uncertainty. Estate Planning is about more than just your Last Will and Testament though. It is also about choosing your decision makers who can care for you in the event of a crisis. Let’s discuss your goals and create the right plan for you!

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Medicaid Planning

The cost of the average skilled nursing home is well over $7,000 per month. This amount is more than most families can afford on top of the normal expenses of running their household each month. Under certain circumstances, Medicaid can step in and help you pay for the high costs of Long-Term Care in a skilled facility. Do not wait to contact us to schedule a meeting with attorney Maria B. Hafford.

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Guardianship and Planning for Incapacity

If your loved one has lost capacity, he or she may need to placed under Guardianship. Guardianship exists in the absence of legal planning such as a durable power of attorney and give legal authority to act to the incapacitated person’s guardian. In Guardianship, time is of the essence. Do not wait to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs with attorney Maria B. Hafford.

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Guardianship and Planning for Incapacity

If your loved one has lost capacity, he or she may need to placed under Guardianship. Guardianship exists in the absence of legal planning such as a durable power of attorney and give legal authority to act to the incapacitated person’s guardian. In Guardianship, time is of the essence. Do not wait to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs with attorney Maria B. Hafford.

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Special Needs Planning

Planning for a developmentally disabled person in your life is imperative to ensure he or she will continue to receive all of the benefits he or she is entitled to. A Special Needs Trust is a trust that can supplement the needs of the disabled individual while allowing him or her to maintain governmental benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security and Medicaid.  Learn more about how attorney Maria B. Hafford can help you plan for your disabled loved one.

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Veterans Pension Planning

Most wartime veterans and their spouses do not know the wide range of benefits and services available to them. This includes, but is not limited to, basic VA Pension with aid and attendance benefits. If you are a veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and need long-term care assistance, do not wait to schedule a meeting with our legal team.

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Veterans Pension Planning

Most wartime veterans and their spouses do not know the wide range of benefits and services available to them. This includes, but is not limited to, basic VA Pension with aid and attendance benefits. If you are a veteran discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and need long-term care assistance, do not wait to schedule a meeting with our legal team.

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Family Law & Adoptions

Everyone needs an advocate when it comes to representing your interests with your family. Whether you need assistance with your co-parenting agreement or are ready to adopt a new family member, we are here to help! Attorney Maria B. Hafford understands your needs when it comes to family law issues and knows how to represent your interests. Schedule a meeting to talk to her about your goals.

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Probate & Trust Administration

The loss of a loved one is never easy. We can help you and your loved ones navigate the often complex world of Probate or Trust Administration. We know how to make sure this process, while difficult, is not more complicated than it needs to be during an already stressful time. Let our experienced team compassionately guide you.

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Probate & Trust Administration

The loss of a loved one is never easy. We can help you and your loved ones navigate the often complex world of Probate or Trust Administration. We know how to make sure this process, while difficult, is not more complicated than it needs to be during an already stressful time. Let our experienced team compassionately guide you.

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Gun Trusts

Guns are part of the legacy of many families we work with in our practice. Unfortunately, gun ownership and the transfer of those guns at your death or disability, can be a complicated process. Today, gun restrictions, ownership limitations and prohibitions exist. These rules are frequently updated at both the state and federal level. Attorney Maria B. Hafford understands your needs when it comes to gun trusts. Schedule a meeting to talk to her about your goals.

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Do you have questions about Southern Illinois Long-Term Care planning? We are ready to help.