Elder Law Attorneys
Elder Law Attorneys are attorneys who work with the elderly. They bring more to their practice than just experience with the legal issues. They have an understanding of the elderly that allows them and their staff to ignore the myths related to aging. At the same time, they recognize and empathize with the true physical, mental, social and financial difficulties that often accompany the aging process.
Elder Law Attorneys are aware of the real life problems, health and otherwise, that seniors experience as they age. They are tied into a system of social workers, psychologists, geriatric care managers, and many other elder care professionals who may be of assistance to their clients.
Elder Law attorneys deal with legal issues involving:
- Health and personal care planning, which include the following topics: Powers of Attorney and Living Wills; Lifetime Planning; Family Issues; Advance Directives.
- Planning for a well spouse when the other spouse requires Long Term Care; Asset Protection; Public Benefits such as Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits;
- Capacity; Guardianship, and, most importantly, Guardianship avoidance;
- Resident rights in Long Term Care facilities;
- Will and Trust planning;
- Planning for minor or adult Special Needs Children;
- Elder Law encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. The specialization requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting elder clients.