Understanding and Making Use of Elder Care Law
As you age, you are likely to find you are facing complicated and new issues.
Estate planning, disability, health care, retirement, taxes, financial planning, abuse and discrimination issues can, and often do arise in the elder years. It is important to know your rights and seek counseling and advice when needed. When dealing with legal issues that pertain to the elderly, it is wise to seek counseling from a lawyer who is certified in ‘Elder Law’.
This moderately new form of law practice focuses solely on the needs and laws governing the elderly. While many laws and community-based programs exist for the elderly, unless you are educated in this area, you may need help deciphering what is available to you and what rights you may have inherited as you have aged.
When dealing with elder care law it is advisable to choose a lawyer that is familiar not only with elder law, but one that can also recognize ethical issues that may arise and can suggest public and private non-legal resources in the community to help meet your needs.
All Aspects of Life Management and Special Needs Covered
Nearly all aspects of life management for the elderly are covered under some form of elder law that protects your rights. There are elder laws pertaining to estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships and end of life planning. Elder laws exist for protection against abuse, neglect and fraud. It is important to consult elder laws when dealing with disability, medical care, nursing home and housing issues, as well as retirement, insurance and employment issues.
Due to elder laws, many state and local agencies receive grants to offer services such as support groups, reprieve and counseling. While it may not be necessary or affordable to hire a lawyer, these organizations can usually advise on elder law topics and suggest services that may be helpful. If you are facing an issue pertaining to elder law, check your phone book or the Internet for local and state agencies that may be able to help you.
Aging Myths Ignored While True Difficulties Are Recognized
Attorneys who primarily work with seniors and people with special needs appreciate the complex financial and social decisions their clients face. Elder law and special needs planning attorneys bring to their practice a knowledge of their clients that allows them and their staff to ignore the myths relating to aging and the competence of seniors and people with disabilities. At the same time, they will take into account and empathize with some of the true physical and mental difficulties that often accompany the aging process. They are tied into a formal or informal system of social workers, geriatric care managers, psychologists, and other professionals who may be of assistance to you or your loved one.
If you or someone you love is in need of an elder care attorney, call The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, PC for a free 15-minute telephone consultation to see how we can best serve you.