Welcome to Kentucky Elder Lawyer

Our elder law firm is dedicated to helping seniors and their loved ones successfully plan for the complex challenges that can result from the aging process. From managing serious issues such as finding ways to pay for Kentucky long term care in a skilled facility and creating documents that will work in light of debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s to planning for leaving a legacy for your loved ones and avoiding the probate process, we know the ins-and-outs of the Kentucky estate planning and elder law planning you need.

Elder law planning is often misunderstood as legal planning that affects only those in their nineties or facing severe disability.  We are here to tell you that is not the case. Elder law as a legal planning tool impacts anyone in the state of Kentucky, and across the nation, over the age of eighteen years old.  In fact, the earlier you can start planning the more legal planning tools, options, strategies and resources are available to you. From creating powers of attorney and trust agreements to handling probate and finding resources to pay for the high cost of Kentucky nursing homes, we have solutions you and your family need.

We would be honored to set a complimentary appointment with you to talk about what you need. You can call us at (502) 348 – 4873 or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.  Need a little more information? Check out our Legal Services section or our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about what we do.

About Our Firm

Kentucky Elder Lawyer is a division of Saltsman Willet Deaton & Hamilton. We are a full service firm run by a partnership of attorneys dedicated to helping answer your legal questions and support you with the legal representation you need in Kentucky. Located in Bardstown, Kentucky, we provide you with the excellent services you need as you face the challenges that arise through the process of aging.

Attorney S. Thomas Hamilton leads Kentucky Elder Lawyer for the firm.  He dedicates the majority of his practice to assisting seniors and their loved ones, just like you, throughout our state who are looking for professional representation in estate planning, elder law planning, estate administration and qualification for public benefits. Each of these planning areas is complex and you need an attorney who understands the intricacies of the state-specific law to navigate you through the issues to the solutions and results you need for your particulate case.

Thomas knows the difficult circumstances and scenarios Kentucky elders and their families often find themselves facing. He understands the challenges you or your loved one is going through, whether you are at home and starting to think about how you will handle possible challenges in the future or if you are in a long term care facility and looking for a way to protect yourself or your loved ones. He has seen firsthand what happens when there is false or misleading information out there related to the type of elder law assistance you can obtain in the Kentucky. Every day Thomas answers the difficult questions such as how do I protect myself and my family from the high costs of long term care? Should I make decisions now or wait until later? What will I do if I fall or I am suddenly in need of skilled nursing home care? I’m in a facility, are there any options left for me? Will my family be able to make decisions for me?

Whether you are asking these questions or have your own, don’t wait to talk to Attorney S. Thomas Hamilton about your planning questions. Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

Legal Services

Our firm offers a number of legal services designed to help you and your family. This section will give you an overview of the help we provide to Kentucky families just like yours. You can read on to gain more information and insight on this type of Kentucky legal planning or simply call us at  (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment.  You can also click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.


Estate Planning
Who will make your decisions if you cannot? Who will pay your bills? Who will take care of those you love? Ultimately, who will inherit your assets? These are the questions that a proper Kentucky estate plan answers for you. Without estate planning, all of us are at risk of losing the essential protections and decision making capabilities we all need in our lives. From powers of attorney, health care decision making documents, last wills and testaments and trust agreements, don’t wait to put this planning in place for you and those you love. Schedule your appointment by calling us at  (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment.  You can also click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

Elder Law Planning
A step beyond basic estate planning, Kentucky elder law planning contemplates not just who will make your decisions if you cannot and who will inherit your estate at death but how you will protect your estate during life. Each of us is living longer than ever before and we need to take proactive steps now to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our assets from danger and waste should something happen to us and we need prolonged long term care in any form.  Unfortunately, putting off making decisions and waiting until it happens to formulate a plan is too late.  Don’t wait to learn what Kentucky elder law planning you need to best protect yourself and your loved ones. Go ahead and schedule your appointment by calling us at  (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will follow up with you.

Medicaid Planning
Paying privately for home health care, assisted living facility care or skilled nursing facility care is expensive. Without proper planning and advice, paying for the high costs of long term care can easily wipe out a lifetime of savings.  Right now, there are certain types of Medicaid benefits available in the state of Kentucky to help you and your loved ones pay for the high cost of the long term care that is needed. Whether you have time to plan for a future crisis or you find yourself in a crisis situation and need answers on what to do right now, we have the answers for you when it come to planning for Medicaid in Kentucky.  Click here to fill out our contact form or call us at (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment.

Veterans Benefits Planning
Military service men and women who have qualifying active military service during a time of war and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable may be eligible for basic Veterans Pension benefits. VA pension benefits are available to veterans and their spouses or their survivors or dependent children without a service connected disability or injury.  This benefits is subject to health, income and asset qualifications but you need to know that there may be additional funds to help you and your loved ones pay for Kentucky long term care. Go ahead and schedule your appointment to talk about Kentucky long term care planning by calling us at  (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will follow up with you.

Additional Services
We know that there are times when you or your loved ones may need additional legal services outside of Kentucky elder law planning. From business planning and civil litigation to family law issues, bankruptcy cases and criminal charges, let an attorney in our firm or associated with it who is familiar with these issues handle it personally for you. We would much prefer you receive the representation you deserve through our firm than pick another lawyer at random you do not know. Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t come in to see you?
We understand that not everyone can come into our office. Unlike other firms we can make arrangements to come to you. Let us know when you call us at Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you to coordinate a meeting based on your individual needs.

Can’t I just do estate planning?
You can but we do not recommend estate planning in a vacuum. The reason why is there are successful estate planning strategies that can actually hurt you when it comes to elder law planning. We talk to all of our clients about elder law, whether you’re 25 or 85 years old. To dive a little bit deeper into the question, if you’re over sixty we really want you to be thinking about elder law planning. The reason why is once you reach the age of sixty you may be eligible for public benefits that could help you pay for the high cost of Kentucky long term care should you need it. It is our job to make sure you can get the planning you need and this means when you ask us for estate planning we are going to go a step further and think about what the future could hold for you five, ten or twenty years in the future. Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

I’m already paying for long term care. Am I too late?
You are not too late but you do need to start planning now. There are still strategies available to protect you and your loved ones from depleting all of your assets to pay for Kentucky long term care and many of them you may not be aware of yet.  We look forward to working with you and your family on this and helping you get the helps you deserve. Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

My mom can’t make decisions anymore, what do I do?
We know that it often falls on loved ones and caregiver, adult children to make difficult decisions for their spouses and their parents. While some of our option are limited when we no longer have capacity, and we do not have legal documents in place, there are still steps we can take to protect you and your loved ones. The key here is to start planning now before anything further happens.  Call (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment or click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you. Don’t forget, this meeting is crucial for you too. Becoming the decision maker for a loved one is no easy step or responsibility you should take lightly. Be informed and set a meeting to learn how to protect yourself as well as your loved ones.

Is it important your attorneys have litigation backgrounds?
In our firm we believe it is extremely important for your attorneys to have a litigation background. While our goal is to keep you out of the courtroom there are times when going before a judge is the only way to get you the benefits you need, even when it comes to estate planning and Medicaid planning. We are proud to tell you that our attorneys have this experience and are able to meet this need for you should it arise.  Schedule your appointment by calling us at  (502) 348 – 4873 to set an appointment.  You can also click this link to fill out our contact form and we will contact you.

Contact Us

Please call us (502) 348 – 4873 to schedule your consultation with us or you can fill out the contact form on this page and we will contact you. Our address is 212 East Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004.

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