The right elder law attorney can counsel a family through the difficult details and requirements of the situations that may come up to protect the rights and welfare of seniors and their families. An elder law attorney may help with issues, such as guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney, estate planning, Medicaid planning, probate, and estate administration and advanced directives.
The Senior Listâ€™s recent article entitled â€œWhat is Elder Law and How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?â€ explains that because the laws on the care of the elderly differ in each state, and are always subject to change, it is essential to find an elder law attorney who is skilled, knowledgeable and up-to-date on elder law policy and legal issues.
Before meeting with an elder law attorney, create a list of the specific concerns for the present and foreseeable future, so you know what qualifications and capabilities your attorney will need. You want a lawyer whoâ€™s experienced and educated, as well as comfortable to speak with and relatable.
You can ask these questions of your elder law attorney to help you make your decision:
- How long have you been practicing in elder law?
- Do you stay up to date on this area of law, by ongoing study and attending seminars on this subject matter?
- Take a look at the required services we think will be needed. Can you fulfill them?
- Do you have litigation experience?
- What type of fee schedule do you offer?
If youâ€™d like to try to stay up to date on whatâ€™s happening within elder law, go online and search for â€œaging and disabilityâ€ as well as the name of the state in which the senior lives. Every state government has a department in charge of these matters (the official names will vary).
While caring for a love done can be stressful, understanding what options are available to them and to you, can make it all much easier.
At Estate Counsel, our principal attorney Antonio Jimenez works personally with each client to formulate a strategy to pay for nursing home care via Medicaid. Book a call today for a complimentary Medicaid analysis.
Reference: The Senior List (Oct. 10, 2019) â€œWhat is Elder Law and How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?â€