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What is Elder Law?

Elder Law has been a recognized area of practice for over twenty five years. Unfortunately, many practitioners handle only the estate planning component. While estate planning can be the starting point, there are many other legal and financial issues to address in the diverse lives and circumstances of seniors and elders.

Making quick and uncoordinated, legal, financial and medical decisions can and often does produce unexpected and undesired results. Sadly, many good planning opportunities are lost this way.

Experienced Elder Law attorneys have a strong working knowledge of aging issues and can apply legal, financial and tax experience to resolve these issues. Of equal importance, is a practitioner’s developed base of non-legal resources allowing them to provide advice and counsel on a broad range of topics unique to seniors and elders.

An Elder Law attorney must have an understanding of, and respect and empathy for the physical and mental challenges that come with aging. They are accustomed to working with the various Courts, government agencies, social workers, health care and financial professionals and should coordinate the efforts of these providers to meet the client’s needs and desires.


An Elder Law attorney can provide assistance in these (and other) areas:

•Estate planning for all family members through use of Wills, Trusts and other documents
•Preservation of assets to avoid spousal impoverishment
•Planning for disabled family members
•Medicaid (Title 19) applications and appeals
•Medicare claims and appeals
•Nursing home issues: admissions, transfers, discharge, patient’s rights, quality of care, abuse
•Elder abuse and fraud recovery
•Personal injury, malpractice, substandard care litigation
•Conservator and other Court appointments
•Real estate transactions, reverse annuity mortgages and financing options
•Social security disability claims and appeals
•Retirement issues: public and private retirement plans, distribution planning, survivor benefits and pension benefits
•Housing and living arrangements including : Continuing care communities, assisted living, retirement communities, life care facilities, nursing homes, rest homes, congregate housing
•Probate and Estate administration
•Long term care planning and health insurance issues



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