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When Should I Consult with an Elder Law Attorney?

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Here’s what you need to consider, when looking to hire an elder law attorney.

Getting old is hard. And if you don’t have legal help, it’s even harder.

Elder law attorneys work with seniors or their caregivers with legal issues and planning related to the aging process.

We frequently help with tax planning, disability planning, probate and administration of an estate, and even nursing home placement. We can also usually draft estate documents, including a durable power of attorney for health and medical needs, and even a trust for an adult child with special needs.

Many elder law attorneys  specialize in Medicaid planning to help protect a person’s financial assets if they have Alzheimer’s disease or another debilitating illness requiring long-term care.

As you get older, there are legal issues you, your spouse or your family caregivers face. These issues can also change. For instance, you should have powers of attorney for financial and health needs, in case you or your spouse become incapacitated. You might also need an elder law attorney to help transfer assets, if you or your spouse move into a nursing home to avoid spending your life savings on long-term care.

Elder law attorneys can help with a long list of legal matters seniors frequently face, including the following:

  • Preservation and transfer of assets
  • Accessing health care in a nursing home or other managed care environment and long-term care placements
  • Estate and disability planning
  • Medicare, Social Security and disability claims and appeals
  • Supplemental insurance and long-term health insurance claims and appeals
  • Elder abuse and fraud recovery
  • Conservatorships and guardianships
  • Housing discrimination and home equity conversions
  • Health and mental health law.