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Why should I use an Elder Law Attorney?

Why should I use an Elder Law Attorney?

January 5, 2018 | by Jed Winegar

As the population of our country ages, more people will need help with legal or planning issues unique to aging seniors. This might include help with veterans' pension benefits, Medicaid, and estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, HIPAA authorizations, living wills and visitation directives). Other needs might include long term care and disability planning, solving disputes with family through mediation, guardianship and fiduciary administration, or confronting elder abuse.

Elder Law attorneys represent a growing specialty of the law that helps the elderly deal with many of the complex needs affecting seniors and their loved ones. Elder Law attorneys can do a lot for their clients and are often necessary as state laws rule elder law matters. Below is a list of services an elder law attorney might offer. This list is provided by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys' website, naela.org.

Elder law attorneys normally charge a predetermined rate based on the type of assistance. They do not specialize in every area of law concerning seniors, so it is important to hire an attorney who has experience in your particular area of need and will be sensitive to legal expenses and the dignity of everyone involved. Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) and members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are considered the most qualified to help the aging.

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