Many seniors look forward to retirement and enjoying their time away from work but most don’t fully understand some of the headaches that can accompany this time. Housing issues, health care problems, insurance companies, pension plans all can cause stressful legal battles that would stress anyone out. Add onto that writing a will and end-of-life issues and retirement quickly becomes less relaxing. Hiring a good elder law attorney can ease these frustrations as they help you navigate complicated legal issues and keep your desires at the forefront of their work.
Can’t you just use any attorney when it comes to legal issues? While most attorneys can offer advice about elder law issues only attorneys who are well-versed in this type of law are qualified to help you deal with them. Many senior legal issues are complicated and involve one or more factors. Things like Medicaid and VA pensions can be affected by personal assets which could be affected by an inheritance or estate plans.
Elder law attorneys can navigate through these issues with ease and make sure to respect your wishes and best interest every step of the way. They are also usually well connected in the senior community and can help you and your family find extra support and resources to help you with whatever you’re going through.
Anyone can, and should, talk to an elder law attorney if they suspect senior verbal, physical, or financial abuse. Other people who should hire an elder law attorney are seniors who might have questions or concerns on issues pertaining to their senior status or who are planning their estate. Family members of seniors can also hire an elder law attorney if they have questions about legal guardianship or are concerned that the senior in their life can no longer manage their affairs.
To save time, money, and frustration you should hire an elder law attorney as soon as you start planning your estate. Elder law attorneys that are experts in estate planning, advance healthcare directives, and other issues like asset ownership and federal benefits will make this process a lot easier for seniors as well as their family members.
You can also talk with an elder law attorney about things like:
Age discrimination at work
Long-term care plans and options
Medicaid or VA benefits
It’s also important to note that not every elder law attorney will be an expert on every single issue, so find one that meets your specific needs.
Talk to your family and friends and see if they have suggestions on attorneys in your area. If you have lawyer friends or have used another kind of lawyer before you can ask for a referral. The National Elder Law Foundation and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys both have databases you can search for attorneys in your city. Super Lawyers is a website that lets you see top-rated elder law attorneys in your neighborhood.
The Kansas Bar Association has an online and phone line attorney referral service that is free of charge. You can also access their online booklet/pamphlet library to find more information about legal issues and services.
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