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Elder law refers to the sets of laws, regulations, programs and legal tools to ensure that the elderly (usually senior citizens aged over sixty-five years) are protected and treated with respect and dignity. Elder Law attorneys represent the interest of the elderly, they advocate for their rights, maintain their benefits, guarantee their protection from creditors or ill-intentioned individuals who would take advantage of their potential vulnerabilities. Elder Law attorneys usually take care of various legal matters and proceedings such as: the drafting of Last Wills and Testaments, issues related to an elderly becoming incapacitated due to an illness or his/her advanced age, guardianship, decision making on behalf of the elderly such as the elderly’s health care or medical treatment, issues pertaining to Medicaid applications and certifications, issues related to a person’s retirement or pension funds, social security and other important matters such as elderly abuse from their relatives, from a medical facility or from other individuals.
An Elder Law attorney is highly qualified in the specific questions pertaining to adults in a situation of vulnerability, handicap, abuse, illness and in questions related to an older person’s distribution of assets pursuant to his or her death. As such, elder law attorneys have a very unique understanding of their specific elderly clientele, the clientele’s needs and the laws applying to them or their loved ones.
It is because this area of law is very specific and complex, that it is strongly recommended that you retain the services of an elder law attorney if you are a senior citizen wishing to plan for your estate, if you are facing difficulties as an elderly or if you are concerned with questions related to your elderly loved one specifically when it comes to his or her health or general care.