Elder Law BasicsJust the facts
Here’s a handy primer on the practice of Elder Law. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
What Is an Elder Law Attorney?
Elder Law attorneys are advocates for families and their loved ones. Elder Law is an extensive specialization of legal practice that integrates end-of-life planning, health care issues, long-term-care, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, and Medicare and Medicaid claims and applications. In most cases, Elder Law attorneys have spent significant amounts of time on specialized training and certifications to develop a thorough understanding of the issues, obstacles, and potential solutions that families might need during a crisis or transitional period. This specialized training helps Elder Law attorneys develop keen insight in assisting their clients with what might otherwise be formidable challenges.
These attorneys handle important financial and estate planning matters as well as helping to implement the necessary care for loved ones on a day-to-day basis. In many cases this care can mean developing plans to provide for assisted living or nursing home living situations, but it can also include in-home care scenarios. Your family’s long-term goals are an essential component in establishing appropriate documentation and planning to provide for those you love.
Though any civil lawyer is capable of drafting a Last Will and Testament, many do not have the training or background to be able to assist clients in end-of-life planning, especially if there are issues concerning long-term-care or guardianship. Ideally, Elder Law attorneys center their entire practice around caring for families and have a significant background in law that will give you and your family an advantage in addressing your specific needs.
What Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Us With?
- Discuss the importance of Wills and Estate Planning, including planning for a minor or adult with special needs, probate proceedings, and other matters.
- Create a Durable Power of Attorney.
- Provide help with Health Care Planning, including long-term care options, Patient Rights, Medicare, and Health Care Power of Attorney.
- Financial representation: financial planning (including Durable Power of Attorney), housing opportunities and planning, income, estate, and gift tax matters.
- Guardianship: help with the selection and appointment of a legal guardian.
- Help locate long-term care facilities and manage assisted living costs.
- Explain nursing home Resident Rights and help file nursing home claims.
- Draft a Living Will or other Advance Directives, including a Durable Power of Attorney and long-term planning documents.
“Asking Jerry for help was the best thing we ever did for our family. We now have the knowledge to take care of my mom and to plan for our own future.”
Karen S., Littleton, CO