As our population ages and a greater number of people are nearing their sunset years, it’s important to think about elder law and how it might be relevant to you. Most people have someone in their life to whom the subject of elder law is relevant, and yet many people don’t address this vital aspect of legal and financial management. Elder law attorneys are particularly experienced and knowledgeable about this area of law and have a more thorough understanding of the senior population and their unique practical and legal needs. Here we look at 5 important questions every person should be asking about elder law, whether for themselves or a loved one.
Do I Really Need an Elder Law Attorney?
Planning for the future is essential, but it’s a difficult thing to do without the right information. Unfortunately, many people put off aged care planning and estate planning until it’s too late, and leave themselves at risk of difficult and expensive complications. An elder law attorney can help guide you through this often confusing process with a compassionate attitude and qualified legal counsel.
Elder law attorneys specialize in –
- Evaluating a client’s need in relation to tax, social security, Medicare, Medicaid and property laws.
- Preparing estate plans, trusts and wills
- Providing guidance for making difficult end of life decisions.
- Developing plans to pay for long term health care.
- Understanding the best way to manage your legal and financial situation.
Do I Need Specific Assistance in One Area of the Law?
Every person is unique and as such, has unique, individual needs. Similarly, elder law attorneys have a unique range of experience and specialties when it comes to addressing client concerns, and some attorneys specialize in a particular niche of elder law.
These specializations include management of estates, trusts and wills, asset protection, estate planning, power of attorney, health issues, retirement and pensions, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, long-term care guardianship disability and abuse of the elderly.
What Do I Need To Know About Medicare and Medicaid?
While many lawyers prepare wills and trusts on a daily basis, few attorneys are experienced in dealing with the complicated Medicare and Medicaid systems, and how to truly plan for long term care in the event that the need arises.
If you need to plan with Medicare or Medicaid in mind, seeking the assistance of an experienced elder law attorney can help you properly understand this complex and often confusing system.
What Aspect of Elder Law Am I Forgetting?
The scope of elder law is so vast, it’s all too easy to overlook one area of elder law that may be relevant, or even critically important to you.
An elder law attorney brings their wealth of knowledge and experience to provide an in-depth analysis of your needs to help ensure that you are fully covered.
Is My Elder Law Attorney Qualified?
The easiest way to ascertain if your elder law attorney is qualified is to question them about their experience and practice, and understand what they can offer you as a client. See if your lawyer has handled cases similar to yours before and what the outcome in those cases was. You can also check if your attorney is a member of any relevant organizations and check that they are Bar Board Certified in your state.
By asking these essential questions about elder law before it’s too late, you can ensure your security and comfort now and into the future.