Older Adult Law
We all aim for a long and prosperous life with financial security and good health. You hope for leisurely retirement while finding new pursuits outside of work. But, as we get older, we may face issues with our health. Decreasing mobility and mental clarity can make staying at home or enjoying life difficult.
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What Exactly Is Elder Law?
Elder law, often called "older adult law," is a legal area for issues affecting people over age 60. You can start by learning the basics or using the menu below to find the issues relevant to you.
Topics range from drafting a durable power of attorney to seeking help for consumer scams that target older people.
Older Adult Law Basics
Older Adult Abuse
- Adult Protective Services: What You Need to Know
- Can I Sue Adult Protective Services (APS)?
- Reporting Older Adult Abuse
- Types of Older Adult Abuse
- Older Adult Abandonment
- Older Adult Self-Neglect
- Signs of Older Adult Abuse
- Elder Abuse Victims Act (EAVA) of 2013: What You Need to Know
- What Is the Elder Justice Act (EJA)?
- Elder Justice Act (EJA) Reporting Requirements
- What Is the Elder Abuse Suspicion Index© (EASI)?
Health Care for Older Adults
- Health Care Power of Attorney for Older Adults
- Medicare vs. Medicaid for Older Adults
- Legal Issues: Caring for Parents with Dementia
- Long-Term Health Care for Older Adults
- Preventing Falls in The Home for Older Adults
- Can My Older Adult Loved One Stay at Home Alone?
- Older Adult Guardianship Basics
- How To Get Power of Attorney for an Elderly Parent
Finances for Older Adults
- Older Adult Rental Assistance Programs
- Credit for the Elderly or Disabled or Senior Tax Credit: Do I Qualify?
- Reverse Mortgages and Older Adults: The Basics
- Power of Attorney for an Older Adult's Financial Matters
- Crimes Against Older Adults: Email Scams and Telemarketing Fraud
- Older Adult Financial Abuse and Exploitation
Nursing Homes & Assisted Living
Nursing Home Laws by State
Get to know your state laws with an overview of nursing home laws by state, including the state definition of abuse, nursing home staff minimum requirements, and how to report a suspected violation.
States also vary in how they handle estate planning forms and end-of-life wishes. You can create DIY forms from home that are specific to your state's laws or learn more about getting power of attorney for an older adult parent.
Contact a qualified attorney for legal services focused on older adult law issues.