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What Is Elder Law?

Welcome to FindLaw's Elder Law section, which covers a number of different legal and practical issues affecting the elderly, their caretakers, and their friends and family members. Some common issues involve health care, end-of-life, elder abuse, estate and financial planning, and guardianship decisions. This section also includes information about hiring an elder law attorney, and a directory of agencies for aging adults. Elder law naturally focuses on the needs of senior citizens, but it's important for family members and friends to be informed as well. The following resources cover the basics of elder law and provide information on how to get help.

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  • Complex care situations usually require a lawyer
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  • DIY living wills, powers of attorney, and wills are possible in some simple cases
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