Why You Need an Elder Law Attorney

An Elder Law Attorney specialize in servicing our aging population with legal matters as they relate to health care, long term planning, guardianship, retirement, estate planning, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, trust and much more. Elder Law Attorneys are advocates for the older adult,  their loved ones and/or family members. Many people plan for post-mortem, deciding what items they will leave to their loved ones once they have passed; however, there will be a period for many of us, later in life, when care options may be needed and having a plan to execute when the time comes allows for peace of mind for all, including your loved ones. Engaging in difficult conversations with your family may not be easy, but when working with experts the conversation flows easily and some of the toughest questions are answered.

There are many laws pertaining to trust and estate planning that it’s imperative to work with an Elder Law Attorney who specializes in this area of law and stays up-to-date on changes that occur at the state and federal level. An Elder Law Attorney can help you and your family: 

  • Discuss the importance of a will and an estate plan
  • Create important documentation such as a Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney, to aide in making decisions when the time should come
  • Assist in health care and long-term planning options
  • Planning for income, estate and gift taxes
  • The appointment of a Legal Guardian
  • The drafting and planning for advanced directives and a living will

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your loved ones is the gift of preparedness. Having your affairs in order alleviates stress and allows you to identify your wishes for yourself, taking the burden off of others and ensuring your needs will be met.

Finding the right Elder Law Attorney for you and your unique needs is important. You should feel comfortable with the professional you hire, that he/she will represent you in the best possible light and that you  are protected in the ways that are most important to you. 

For more information or to locate an elder law attorney near you, refer to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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