Do you or a loved one need
an attorney who specializes in Elder Law?
You may if you are dealing
with issues regarding real estate, gift or
estate taxes, trusts, wills, powers of attorney documents, Medicare,
Medicaid, supple-mental or long-term care insurance, assisted living
centers, nursing homes or in-home care. These issues can be
confusing and overwhelming to you and your family, especially if you
become less able to manage your own affairs.
These attorneys are
trained to review and pull together information from a variety of
sources to put together an action plan. Most elder law attorneys
bring together a team that might include the older adult's
doctor(s), a social worker, a geriatric case manager, an accountant,
financial planner and insurance agent. It all depends on the
situation and your and your family's goals.
Elder law attorneys need
to know about all the government programs for seniors, various types
of care giving options for seniors, as well as financial management.
Just as doctors are certified in specialties, elder law attorneys
should meet requirements as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA),
which includes a qualifying exam, practicing elder law for at least
five years and a review by a panel of peers.
Years ago, we didn’t have
a need for specialized attorneys (or doctors) because people did not
live as long!
According to a Work and
Family Life newsletter article written by elder law attorney
Daniel Fish, there are more than 4 million Americans age 85 or
older; and one of the fastest growing groups is people in their
90’s. While some of these folks enjoy relatively good health and are
somewhat independent, many are not. Growing old in America can be
expensive. An elder law attorney for yourself or your loved one may
help you put together a plan with short-term and long-term benefits.
For more information on elder law, go
to the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at