Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors| Last updated March 11, 2021
Do You Need Help With a Legal Matter Affecting an Older Person?
To some extent, aging adults have different legal needs than younger adults. For example, issues such as health care, retirement, disability, guardianship, and long-term care are generally of more concern to older adults than they are to younger adults.
Working with an elder law attorney can make the difference between having to navigate the often-confusing and emotional territory of elder law and easing the financial and practical burdens that may potentially fall upon you and your loved ones should you become ill or disabled. Whether you need help choosing the proper senior living facility, need help drafting a will or trust, or need help protecting yourself from financial, physical, or emotional abuse – having a knowledgeable elder law attorney who is sensitive to your needs can be your most valuable asset.
Elder law attorneys are experienced with handling a wide range of legal matters affecting seniors. An experienced elder law attorney can help with your estate planning, health care, financial, guardianship, and general life-planning needs. Depending on your particular situation, your elder law attorney will work closely to provide a solution that works best for you and your family. This may include carrying out your wishes in a will, making sure you receive the best possible long-term health care plan, and helping to ease the cost of care on your loved ones.
What to Look For in an Elder Law Attorney
Elder law attorneys do not always focus on every kind of estate law matter. When seeking legal help for an older person, it is important to look for an elder law attorney with experience in the particular subject area of need. For example, if you need help with long-term care planning, it may be wise to look for an attorney who is knowledgeable about Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
In addition to specialized knowledge, it is also important to look for an elder law attorney that is sensitive to your specific needs. Caring for aging parents, for example, can be emotionally and financially draining. An elder law attorney should be experienced in working with families during these emotional times.
Finding an Experienced Elder Law Attorney
To find a skilled elder law attorney to help with estate planning, health care, financial, or other need affecting an older adult, use the FindLaw Lawyer Directory to search for a law firm or attorney in your area.
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