Accessible, Compassionate California Elder Law Attorney

Helping Bay Area seniors with their legal needs
Your golden years afford you the opportunity to relax, spend time with your family and focus on your personal interests. By handling your legal concerns, Palo Alto–based Law Office of Peter S. Stern helps you to enjoy this special time in your life. For more than 25 years, we have helped seniors with their individual legal issues, including:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Tax issues
  • Social Security benefits
  • Medicare and Medicaid coverage
  • Nursing home and assisted-living care
  • In-home medical care
  • Powers of attorney
  • Medical directives and living wills
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Elder abuse
  • Age discrimination

Dedicated to seniors’ healthcare issues
Your health and quality of life depend upon access to good medical care. We help you maneuver through the frustrating red tape of Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies to ensure that you receive the medical care and medications you need. We address your concerns about your future medical care and guide you through difficult end-of-life decisions — always being respectful of the family, cultural, religious and philosophical reasons for your personal choices. We draft valid medical documents to make certain that your intentions will be honored if the time comes when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself.

Compassionate lawyers guiding seniors through estate planning
Often, one of the most pressing concerns facing seniors is the care and security of their families upon their death. After attentively listening to your wishes, we carefully analyze your estate and advise you on how best to transfer your assets, minimize estate taxes, establish guardianship for minor children, support personal philanthropic causes and even protect a beloved pet. We draft a will that reflects your desires, and we establish living trusts and other legal entities that are beneficial to your estate.

Going the distance to protect seniors’ rights
Seniors are often the target of unscrupulous fraudsters and abusive caretakers. If you are the victim of a financial scam, nursing-home negligence or domestic violence, we can help. We first ensure that you are in a safe place, and we then pursue all available legal means to safeguard your well-being and dignity.

Contact a California elder law attorney you can trust
To schedule an appointment, call the Law Office of Peter S. Stern at 650-326-2282 or contact us online.