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Elder Law is a relatively new development thanks to prolonged life expectancy, is a branch of the law that serves the needs of the elderly and the disabled as well as their family. Elder Law covers an impressive range of client issues, both legal and financial.
The right elder law attorney can guide all involved through the intricate ins and outs of any situation that could arise, protecting the rights and welfare of seniors and their family members. Just a small sampling of the issues an Elder Law attorney might need to address are guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney, estate planning (wills and trusts), Medicaid planning, probate and estate administration, and advanced directives.
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.
Elder Law: Medicare Advanced Planning
On October 30, 2015, Medicare announced it will pay doctors to help patients plan the type of care they want at the end of life. Studies show that most Americans want to die at home versus in a hospital. The sad reality is too few people make these wishes known to loved ones and doctors.