Elder Law Attorney
An elder law attorney is a legal professional who specializes in addressing the legal needs and concerns of elderly individuals and their families.
Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal issues that are particularly relevant to seniors, including Estate Planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid and Medicare, Guardianship, Conservatorship, elder abuse, retirement planning, and more.
Elder law attorneys understand the unique legal challenges faced by older individuals and work to ensure their legal rights and interests are protected.
They often provide guidance not only to elderly clients themselves, but also to their families and caregivers who are involved in their care and decision-making.
Key areas of focus for an elder law attorney include:
Estate Planning: Elder law attorneys assist clients in creating comprehensive estate plans that address the distribution of Assets, minimizing taxes, setting up Trusts, and ensuring that the wishes of the individual are carried out upon their passing.
Medicaid and Medicare: Elder law attorneys are well-versed in the rules and regulations of Medicaid and Medicare, helping clients understand eligibility criteria and benefits. They may assist with applying for benefits, navigating appeals, and addressing issues related to coverage.
Guardianship and Conservatorship: When seniors are no longer able to make decisions independently, elder law attorneys can help families establish guardianships or conservatorships to ensure their well-being and manage their financial affairs.
Elder Abuse and Neglect: These attorneys may provide advocacy for seniors who have experienced abuse, neglect, or exploitation. They work to protect the rights and interests of older adults.
Elder Law Litigation: In cases where disputes arise over issues like Contests to a Last Will and Testament, Inheritance disputes, or breaches of Fiduciary duty, elder law attorneys may represent clients in litigation.
Advance Directives and Healthcare Decisions: These attorneys assist clients in creating Advance Directives, Living Wills, and healthcare proxies to ensure their medical wishes are respected if they become incapacitated.
Elder Financial Planning: Elder law attorneys help clients manage their financial affairs, including budgeting, managing debts, and protecting against financial exploitation.