When Should I Consult with an Elder Law Attorney?

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

Elder law attorneys assist seniors or their family caregivers with legal issues and planning related to aging. These attorneys frequently help with tax planning, disability planning, probate and administration of an estate, nursing home placement, and many other legal issues.

Forbes’ recent article entitled “Hiring an Elder Law Attorney” explains that elder law attorneys are specialists who work with seniors or caregivers of aging family members on legal matters that older adults face as they age. Many specialize in Medicaid planning to help protect a person’s financial assets when they have Alzheimer’s disease or another debilitating illness that may require long-term care. They can 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.

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 if 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
  • Estate and disability planning
  • Medicare, 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.

Reference: Forbes (Oct. 4, 2021) “Hiring an Elder Law Attorney”