Elder Law

Elder Law is a relatively new development thanks to the prolonged life expectancy. It is a specialized area of law that serves the needs of the elderly and disabled as well as their family.  Elder Law covers an impressive range of client issues, both legal and financial. 

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When it comes to aging, planning ahead is of extreme importance, especially for your family. An elder law attorney is often one of several professionals who can help you and your family steer the course. From estate planning to healthcare, in addition to preparing legal documents an elder law attorney can help provide the information and resources you will need in your decision making process. It is important to become educated early on about the tools available to you so that an elder law attorney can help you make the best decisions for you and your loved ones as you age.

How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?


As one grows older and his or her needs change, there are many questions to be considered and decisions to be made. The process can be overwhelming. Aging is about change and change can be scary, especially when there is uncertainty of what lies ahead. An elder law attorney can help by shedding light for planning. Elder Law attorneys can clarify the issues and problems you are or will likely be facing, and provide you with the tools you need to plan ahead. 

The advantage of planning ahead is that you can deal with these issues before they become crises. Of course, in some cases things will have already begun spiraling out of control; in these situations, the elder law attorney would use the tools available to help sort things back out.

The questions and decisions ahead will still be difficult ones, and seeing an elder law attorney does not necessarily make them less so. But dealing with issues of aging can be much less overwhelming when you are equipped with the tools and information to deal with potential problems. The attorney can assist by getting the necessary documents in place, providing know-how regarding care and benefits, and by connecting you with other professionals who serve the elder community.


Elder Law

What is Elder Law?

 Elder Law attorneys advocate for the elderly and their loved ones. They handle a wide range of legal matters affecting older or disabled persons by using traditional estate planning tools, and assisting with resolving issues dealing with healthcare, long term care, guardianship, retirement, Medicare/Medicaid. 

What's Involved?

 We counsel our clients on the options available to them and their families when faced with the issue of how to pay for long-term care.  The VA benefit rules and the Medicaid rules are complex and always changing, but we can guide you through the options and help you with a plan to protect and preserve your hard earned assets. 

What does Elder Law Cover?

Elder Law has many variables.  Everyone's situation is different. However, elder law covers the following: 

  •  estate planning (i.e. execution of wills and trusts) for management during life and after death
  • trust administration and probate
  • powers of attorney
  • elder abuse and fraud
  • advance directives for healthcare
  • guardianship and conservatorship
  • planning for incapacity and long term care
  • health care and mental health
  • nursing homes
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • veterans benefits

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Elder Law & Estate Planning Center

Elder Law Center, 10 Pinckney Colony Rd, Suite 400, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

(843) 757-5294


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