This is our story and our path of service. We vow to stay true.
Here at Stan Sims Law we strive to provide comfort, reassurance, and companionship in frightening life circumstances. Most of our clients and their families seek our services when they face pain, the enormity of end of life decision making, or they are carrying the crushing burden of a loved one with either a long term disability or the frailties of aging.
It all started with a phone call to my law office in the year 2000. There was panic in the woman’s voice as she said, “my husband has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Am I going to lose my home? Will we lose everything?”
I had to respond, “I have no idea, but I will find the answer for you.” Up to that point in time I had been a pure estate planning attorney since 1990. Unknowingly, I was being launched on a new life path that would lead me to what is called Elder Law.
My caller was a woman in her sixties whose husband was 72 years old. Suddenly a comfortable retirement and fulfilling marriage was being struck by the wrecking ball of dementia. What would be left after the destroyer was through? And what of her husband? He was mentally declining, but he too was struck with the fear of sliding into the darkness of his doctor’s diagnosis. They were both panicked-yet walled apart from each other by their own individual dread.
This couple is typical of millions of our aging American citizens. They have lived frugally, played by the rules, and enjoyed a pleasant retirement – but now that a long term disability threatens them, the staggering emotional, physical, and financial costs may destroy them.
When a long term disability or end of life crisis hits, a family does not have to be left helpless and alone. We are the champions of those faced with long term disability or potential loss of a loved one.
Our staff has personally experienced the devastation of losing a family’s life savings as a result of paying for long term skilled care and the financial hardship that can be placed on the family members left in the community. We work to extend and maximize the family resources by coordinating the estate plan with any public benefits that may be available in an effort to prolong financial stability and prevent financial hardship.
To the extent legally possible, our mission to our clients is to provide peace of mind solutions aimed at protecting everything they own and everyone they love.