There are so many things to enjoy when it comes to retirement like extra time to spend with your friends and family or more time for your favorite hobbies. But there are also a few things about retirement that most seniors could do without like dealing with various government agencies, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and the other myriad of legal woes that seem to accompany getting older. Plus you have the task of writing out your will and other end-of-life issues and piled on top of everything else it can be overwhelming. This is why it’s a good idea to seek the services of an elder law attorney that will put your needs first as they handle any complicated legal issues that come your way.
It might not seem important to use an elder law attorney, especially if you haven’t really had to deal with many senior legal issues just yet, but elder law can get complicated fast. An attorney who hasn’t had any experience with elder law and doesn’t realize that so many issues are connected, like Medicaid benefits and personal assets, won’t be able to give you the best counsel. Elder law attorneys are immersed in elder law daily and know all the ins and outs.
These attorneys are also usually well-connected within the senior community and are highly attuned to the emotional needs of their clients. They can help seniors and their families not only with their legal battles but with finding the support and resources they need during their retirement years.
Seniors are the most obvious clients and can hire an elder law attorney if they have questions or concerns about any issues that pertain to their senior status or if they are writing out their will and need advice. Family members of seniors can also use the services of an elder law attorney especially when it comes to things like conservatorship, legal guardians, or if their loved one is no longer capable of making their own decisions. Senior abuse is another big issue to watch out for and if you suspect it, physical or financial, then contact an attorney immediately.
To save yourself a major headache, as well as time and money, you should consider an elder law attorney as soon as you start to plan your estate and write your will. Using an attorney who understands things like the relationship between asset ownership and federal benefits as well as advance healthcare directives will make the process smoother and secure your and your families future.
Other issues that could use the advice of an elder law attorney include:
Long-term care options and insurance
Suspected abuse at a long-term care facility
Age discrimination at work
Medicaid and VA benefits
Before you hire an attorney, make sure they specialize in the issues you need because not all elder law attorneys will be experts on every issue.
Suggestions and recommendations from friends and family are always a good idea as are referrals from other lawyers in your area. You can also go online and search places like the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys or National Elder Law Foundation, both of which have state databases. Super Lawyers is another online resource that lists the top elder law attorneys for each city.
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