Viewpoint and Approach
For more than 45 years, CAROL A. PETERS, Esq. has represented diverse clients throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties as an Attorney in civil matters.
For more than 11 years, before and during law school, CAROL PETERS worked for the County of Los Angeles in the public benefits administration system, for the Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS). She understands the public policy issues underlying public benefits programs, including Medi-Cal, plus the rules governing eligibility and welfare determinations.
As an Elder Law Attorney, Ms. Peters includes a bioethics viewpoint in her service delivery.
ESTATE PLANNING is a pre-need planning process. In advance of need, the goal is to support the Client’s own plans for future CARE or CURE (which may differ). Sometimes, due to increased CARE needs, such planning considers transitions to medical or custodial care with step-down triggers.
ESTATE SETTLEMENT services pay the proper pre-death creditors and taxes and then make the ultimate distribution to the appropriate heirs or beneficiaries.
Estate Administration: As a Consultant, Carol Peters works with other Attorneys regarding LTC Medi-Cal planning issues. Sometimes this work is done as an “in-house” adviser to the other Attorney. Some other times this work is done as counsel for one of the 2 spouses, to address and resolve disputes before they erupt or to resolve a potential or present Conflict Of Interest.
As a TRUST PROTECTOR, Carol Peters works with the family to provide accurate and current information about public benefits eligibility issues and processes, so that all parties involved can make good decisions, update the Care Plan, and continually move forward in its implementation. Frequently when LTC Medi-Cal eligibility issues are explained and/or the rules are documented, clearly, the parties involved are then able to agree easily on the Care Plan, for the benefit of the patient. This resolution of EOL (End Of Life) care issues can often create family harmony.
As an Evid C 730 EXPERT WITNESS about LTC Medi-Cal planning rules and requirements, Carol Peters supports the work of other Attorneys who present their case to the Probate, Civil or Criminal Court. Often a contested matter involves an elder (over 65 years) or a dependent adult (age 18-64 years) who has been the victim of financial elder abuse. LTC Medi-Cal or other public benefit rules can be complicated to understand. When the rules about the eligibility determinations for the period at issue are stated as FACTS, then the Court has an evidentiary yardstick by which to measure compliance or deviation in the financial transactions.
Using a neutral communicator to serve as an Expert Witness about pre-need LTC Medi-Cal planning can be helpful to ALL parties, whether in Court, a Care Plan conference about bioethics issues or at a family meeting.
Each case differs because each family differs, and also each patient’s needs are different and unique.