When you picture retirement do you see relaxation and more time spent doing the things you love with the ones you love or do you see yourself fighting complicated legal battles? Most likely you picture the former but unfortunately many seniors deal with the latter. Not only do you need to start thinking about planning your estate or writing your will but you may find yourself constantly dealing with various government agencies, healthcare providers, pension plans, and a myriad of other legal woes. An elder law attorney can help you immensely by handling any legal issues with your wishes and desires in mind leaving you to fully relax and enjoy retirement.
If you have never really dealt with an elder law attorney you might be wondering if they are truly necessary, couldn’t you just use any attorney? While you might be able to get general legal advice from any attorney if you have an issue that pertains to your senior status, you need an elder law attorney who understands the complexities of elder law. Take Medicaid benefits and personal assets, while your personal assets can change due to an inheritance that can also change your Medicaid benefits leaving you with less money for health care.
Dealing with these stressful types of situations can also leave you drained and a good elder law attorney will see that and make sure you get the extra support you need during this time. Elder law attorneys often have various connections throughout the senior community and can help you and your family find any resource you might need.
Seniors can hire an elder law attorney anytime they have questions or concerns about issues that relate to elder law, like retirement management. Their family members can also hire elder law attorneys if they are concerned about the wellbeing of their elderly loved ones or if they have questions about guardianship or conservatorship. If anyone suspects that a senior is being physically or financially abused, they should immediately contact an elder law attorney.
When it comes to hiring an elder law attorney, the sooner the better. Ideally, as you start to plan your estate and write out your will you should work with an elder law attorney. Estate planning can be a little tricky with many different aspects and most of them connected to each other. Elder law attorneys understand things like advance healthcare directives and how federal benefits and asset ownership are tied together. Using them as early as possible in this process will save you a lot of stress later on.
Other times when you should seek the counsel of an elder law attorney:
If you experience age discrimination at work
Have issues with senior housing
Want to explore long-term care options
Suspect or are a victim of senior abuse
Have questions about Medicaid benefits or VA pensions
When you contact an elder law attorney, make sure they specialize in your area first because not every attorney will specialize in every aspect of elder law.
As you start your search, you want to ask around and see if there are some good suggestions in your area. Talk with friends, neighbors, family members, and any other attorneys you might know and see if they have a referral. You can also look online at the National Elder Law Foundation and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as they each have search tools for your area. Super Lawyers is another website where you can search for top-rated local attorneys.
The Indiana State Bar Association also has a lawyer referral service for every county in the state and can point you in the direction of an attorney in your area. They also have a search tool where you can look for legal aid services in your area if you are a low-income senior.
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