Seniors don’t always get to relax in their senior years if they aren’t equipped to handle some complicated issues. As a senior, you will face complex matters such as long-term care health insurance, retirement funding, government programs, and housing issues. You will need to complete your will of testament along with any other appropriate estate planning to grant your final wishes. Contacting an elder law attorney can help you through these matters and save you time while helping you make the right decisions for your needs.
Senior issues can be rather complicated if you are not familiar with all the rules and regulations. One issue can ultimately impact another if not handled appropriately. For example, Medicare and Medicaid decisions can adversely affect your estate if they do not follow the rules and regulations. Dealing with complex issues like health care, insurance, retirement funds, and government benefits can be confusing for anyone.
Elder attorneys provide a holistic approach by giving their clients and families the emotional support they need when going through the planning process. They can also help you find additional support within the community through various programs and resources.
You can hire your lawyer to handle your senior affairs. There are times when the senior’s family may need to hire a lawyer to seek guardianship when they feel the individual is incapable of making choices. Another time the family should hire an attorney is if they suspect some form of elder abuse such as fraud or neglect.
When it is time to complete or update your estate plans, this is a very good time to find an attorney. You can find a lawyer who has additional experience with other issues like health law, long-term care, retirement funds, and other government programs. You will then be able to complete all your plans to avoid stress on your family and caregivers down the road.
Here are some other issues that you may need assistance from an attorney:
Medicare and Medicaid claims and appeals
Long-term and supplemental health insurance
Retirement benefits from either private or public funds
Most elder law attorneys typically do not concentrate in all areas of senior matters. Be sure you ask your lawyer about their specialties because elder law concentration can be extensive.
Begin your search by looking for a referral from family, friends, and neighbors. Your financial planner or tax advisor may be able to provide some local recommendations. The State Bar of Nebraska offers a lawyer directory to search by area of concentration. You can also search other affiliation websites such as National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Elder Law Foundation, or Super Lawyers.
The State Bar of Nebraska also offers low-income legal services through Volunteer Lawyers Project, Online Legal Self-Help Center, and a partnership with a non-profit legal firm.
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