When you retire, you’re ready to enjoy your time of relaxation but you might be able to if you have to face common legal issues that most seniors deal with. Your days could be spent handling insurance claims, health care providers, housing groups, and various government agencies not to mention at some point you will want to write your will and deal with other end-of-life desires. All of these situations can be taken care of by an elder law attorney who will respect your wishes and deal with any legal problem that might come up in your retirement years.
Why get an elder law attorney? Can’t you just hire any attorney and have them take care of your legal problems? You could, but you might not get the best advice and one wrong choice with a problem can quickly affect other areas of your life. Elder law attorneys understand the complexity of most senior legal issues and make sure that the decisions made are right for the situation. This will end up saving you time, money, and stress in the long run.
Elder law attorneys can also be a big benefit to the emotional side of situations as well. Often, they are key members of the senior community and their connections within the community can get you the support and help you need during difficult times.
First of all, no matter who you are if you suspect that a senior is being abused or you yourself are a victim of senior abuse, you should contact an elder law attorney as soon as possible. Seniors can also hire an elder law attorney to handle any legal problem that pertains to their senior status. Family members of seniors should also contact an elder law attorney with any issues connected to legal guardianship or if they are concerned their loved one can no longer manage their affairs on their own.
You should consider an elder law attorney right from the beginning of estate planning because this process can get complicated fast. An attorney that understands advance healthcare directives, federal benefits, and asset ownership will be invaluable and can help secure your and your family’s future.
Other topics and issues that could require an elder law attorney are:
Problems with age discrimination at work
Senior housing issues
Insurance claims and appeals
Medicaid or VA benefits
Long-term care options
It’s important to keep in mind that elder law attorneys will often only specialize in one or two areas of elder law so find a lawyer that will be able to best help with your issue.
Family and friends can often offer good suggestions of lawyers in your neighborhood and if you have a family lawyer you could ask for a referral. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as the National Elder Law Foundation have websites where you can search attorneys by state and Super Lawyers will give you top-rated attorneys in your city.
You can find more lawyers through the Kentucky Bar Association and search their lawyer database or use their lawyer referral service. If you are a low-income family and can’t afford legal services, you can see if you qualify for legal aid.
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