Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal matters impacting the senior population and people with disabilities, including health care, long-term care, guardianship, retirement, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, and more.
The needs of older adults often are unique and more specialized than those of younger adults. An elder law attorney can assist with financial and estate planning issues, as well as day-to-day issues impacting seniors, such as life planning and assisted living.
An elder law attorney is there to help plan, counsel, educate, and advocate for clients.
Generally, elder law issues can be divided into three realms: financial, home, and healthcare. Some examples of matters elder law attorneys deal with include:
- Medicaid planning
- Estate planning
- Will and trust planning
- Financial planning
- Guardianship, guardianship avoidance, and conservatorship
- Retirement planning
- Possible long-term care needs, including finding nursing home care
- A number of issues regarding planning for aging, illness, and incapacity
An elder law attorney’s role is to provide tools and information necessary to deal with potential problems that arise during the aging process.
Needs change as the years go by, and the magnitude of the decisions can seem overwhelming. It is always best to consult with an elder law attorney before illness or incapacity becomes an issue, so they can help you clarify the problems you could face down the road and provide guidance to help you plan ahead and maintain control of your life.