Elder & Special Needs


Growing older is often accompanied by anxiety, restlessness, fear of loss of control, and worry about abandonment. These feelings usually accompany loss of physical abilities and sometimes diminished mental capacity as well. Nelson Law, PLLC can provide legal solutions that protect against these concerns.

What is Elder Law?
Elder law includes a broad group of legal issues that affect those who are aging. These include:

  • Guardianships: Guardianships allow a trusted loved one to make important legal, medical, and/or financial decisions on behalf of an elderly person who is no longer able to do so on their own.
  • Estate planning: Estate planning allows the possessions you worked your entire life to obtain to go to those whom you love while minimizing taxation and legal hassle.
  • Medicaid planning: Qualifying for Medicaid benefits is a complicated process with strict income and asset requirements. Let us help you qualify while ensuring that you remain financially sound.
  • Elder exploitation: Financial exploitation of the elderly is a serious concern especially when they are living far away from most of their family. Our firm can help structure their finances to protect against exploitation. If exploitation has already occurred, we will vigorously fight to reverse its effects.

Do you have a child or family member with special needs? Has a disability, an autism diagnosis, or other life challenge affected you and your family? Our firm has felt the impact of these issues personally. We recognize the unique challenges that you face, and bring the compassion, empathy, and commitment to helping others work through the many regulations, benefits, and entitlements that your child or loved one deserves. With 11 years of experience in the Carteret County School System, Todd Nelson understands the issues that your child faces when dealing with Individualized Education Programs and how challenging it is to ensure that your child is getting the modifications and resources that the law mandates.

We understand that each client has different needs and goals, and that you may be unsure of your legal needs. We’re happy to discuss your future at any time to see how we can help you.