What can an Elder Law Attorney do for me?While considering the wellbeing of your senior loved one, an elder law attorney can help you navigate through several complex decisions.
- Preservation of assets for your senior loved one
- Social security and disability claims/appeals
- Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues
- Disability planning – Power of Attorney (POA), living trusts, and living wills
- Administration of trusts and estates
- Long term care placements in nursing homes and life care communities
- Elder abuse and fraud recovery cases
- Public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits, and pension benefits
Hiring an Elder Law AttorneyWhen searching for an elder law attorney, seek referrals and advice from peers. A referral is very important, because you want to make sure you hire someone who you can depend on with very sensitive information. I encourage you to speak with your friends, family, accountant, perhaps even a lawyer you are currently working with. If you are having a hard time finding a referral; contact your local bar association. They will be able to provide you with a contact in the area you are seeking.
Also, when you are soliciting the services of an elder law attorney, make sure you evaluate their credentials. They must be registered by the Bar in the state that they are practicing law in. You should also consider researching the members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s (NAELA) group because these Attorneys have exactly the expertise you need. Remember, Elder Law Attorney’s will have connections with psychologists, social workers and other elder care professionals that could be helpful to you as you navigate through this journey.