Elder Law is the broad area of law encompassing a range of legal matters that impact older and disabled people. An elder law attorney is someone who can guide you through the maze of decisions that come with aging and declining health, including issues related to health care, long-term care planning, guardianship, Medicare/Medicaid, and other matters.
If you or someone you love is considering long-term care, how to pay for future medical costs, and how to handle the possibility of memory loss or cognitive functioning, you will benefit from the advanced planning resources at Greenwood Law.

Long-Term Care

Families are often shocked and overwhelmed by the high cost of long-term care. Yet when elderly or disabled relatives need around the clock attention and treatment, this high cost seems unavoidable.

There are many ways to pay for long-term care and planning strategies that can reduce the strain on a family's finances. Important decisions like choosing the right nursing home, paying for care, and deciding who will pay for care should not be taken lightly or without the guidance of an elder law attorney at Greenwood Law. Indeed, signing contracts on behalf of a family member may create a financial responsibility to pay for their care that did not exist otherwise.


A guardianship may become necessary when an individual is no longer able to make health care decisions or to manage their own finances, and they have not designated an agent in advance to make those decisions for them. In such cases, a concerned family member, friend, or caregiver may seek to petition the Clerk of Court for a guardian to be appointed over that individual.

The Clerk of Court will decide whether a guardianship is appropriate and then decide who to appoint. Sometimes this is a family member or sometimes the Clerk will appoint an independent guardian such as an attorney or public administrator.

If you have questions about guardianship and incompetency, call us today at Greenwood Law. We can guide you through the process and also step you through the various alternatives if pursuing a guardianship is not right for your situation.

Special-Needs Planning

Special needs law is a comprehensive area of law that addresses the financial, medical, and social needs of families managing a disability. Every family is different, with a unique set of circumstances and challenges. At Greenwood Law, we will guide your through the many resources available to you and help your family find the right balance of care and support, while maintaining as much autonomy and independence as possible.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

If you have questions about long-term care agreements or contracts, issues with visitation or the enforcement of powers of attorney, or need help navigating Medicaid and Special Assistance, special needs planning, or guardianships, contact us at Greenwood Law online or by telephone, at 336-794-6138 to arrange a consultation with a knowledgeable Winston-Salem and North Carolina elder law attorney. Please note, we do not offer a free consult for elder law needs.