When a senior enters retirement they don’t expect that they will be spending their days dealing with complicated legal matters but that is the case for many. Whether you have to deal with your pension plan, a variety of health care providers, government agencies, or are just trying to write your will, you might want to seek the counsel of an elder law attorney. These specialized lawyers know exactly how to navigate elder law and can make sure you don’t have to deal with stressful situations and can enjoy your retirement.
Elder law is just one facet of law but it can be very complex with many pieces working together and one decision can affect many outcomes. Medicaid benefits are a good example of this because your benefits are determined by your personal assets. Personal assets can change with something like an inheritance and that can change your benefits which can affect the type of health care you receive. An elder law attorney specializes in all these things and can help you understand the various complicated connections.
Elder law attorneys are also very good at being in tune with their client’s emotional needs and understands that in some cases, this can be a very stressful time for seniors. They will be able to use their various connections to the community to get you the resources and support you may need during this time.
While seniors might be the typical client for an elder law attorney, they are not the only ones who can benefit from an elder law attorney. Seniors, of course, can hire an elder law attorney if they need help with any legal issue but their family members can also use an elder law attorney. These attorneys can help with things like conservatorship, guardianship, and can guide family members on what to do when their elderly loved one can no longer manage their affairs. Anyone can contact an elder law attorney if they suspect senior abuse, physical or financial.
As soon as you start to write your will or plan out your estate you will want to consider getting an elder law attorney. Estate planning can be a complicated process and if you wait too long to use an attorney, you might miss something important and create a bigger headache. A good attorney will understand the relationship between federal benefits and asset ownership as well as know how to deal with advance healthcare directives. An elder law attorney will make this process much smoother and make you and your family’s future less stressful.
You can also contact and elder law attorney when it comes to things like:
Age discrimination at work
Retirement planning and management
Long-term care options and insurance
You will want to make sure the elder law attorney you choose to work with specializes in your area of need because not all attorneys will specialize in every field of elder law.
You don’t have to go far to find a good elder law attorney, you can ask for suggestions from friends or family members as well as search online. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, as well as the National Elder Law Foundation, have tools that allow you to search for attorneys in your state. Super Lawyers goes further and allows you to search for the top attorneys in your city.
The New York State Bar Association also has a lawyer referral service program that will connect you to lawyers in your area. If you need legal help but can’t afford it because you are a low-income senior, you can go to Law Help NY to find legal aid services near you.
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