I am often asked why a family would need an elder law attorney. Why wouldn’t an estate planning attorney do? Or why can’t the family stick with their long-time family
lawyer with whom they have an established and trusted relationship? My answer is simple: I would not go to a foot doctor to get my eyes tested.
The area of elder law has evolved into its own specialty and the rules change constantly. An Elder Law Attorney must stay up to date with those rule changes and it takes a commitment to do that. I gain confidence in handling issues that are confronting seniors and their families because I do it every day. And, those issues are different than those faced by clients in their 40’s and 50’s.
Elder Law considers key issues facing seniors: housing, financial well-being, health and long-term care, and autonomy/quality of life. Elder law includes many different fields of law – the following is a list of the types of cases currently on my active file list for example:
- Asset protection planning/transfer of assets/using spousal impoverishment law when a spouse enters a nursing home.
- Medicaid and Medicare claims and appeals.
- Veteran’s benefits claims and appeals.
- Supplemental/long-term health insurance denials/bad faith appeals.
- Disability planning: durable powers of attorney, living trusts, “living wills,” for financial management and health care decisions, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency/incapacity.
- Contested and Uncontested Guardianship.
- Estate planning, including planning for the management of one’s estate during life and its disposition on death through the use of trusts, wills, and other planning documents.
- Probate and administration of trusts and estates.
- Long-term care placements in nursing home and life care communities.
- Nursing home issues including questions of patients’ rights and nursing home quality.
- Elder abuse and fraud recovery cases.
- Housing issues, including discrimination and home equity conversions.
- Retirement: public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits, and pension benefits.
Click here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_law_(United_States) to find out what Wikipedia says about Elder Law.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons a senior or their family should hire an Elder Law Attorney, in my opinion:
- An Elder Law Attorney focuses her practice on seniors.
- An Elder Law Attorney approaches the seniors’ legal problems holistically. Taking into consideration, health care costs in the short-term, projecting costs into the long-term, while emphasizing quality of life, autonomy, and financial independence.
- An Elder Law Attorney quarterbacks the seniors’ team of resources to address the seniors’ situation in a coordinated fashion. She makes sure the CPA is talking to the financial planner and the caregiver is talking to the doctor and social worker. This ensures that the plan comes together when it needs to.
- An Elder Law Attorney understands the physical and mental difficulties that come with the aging process and makes accommodations for them so we can all get the job done for the senior.
- An Elder Law Attorney is able to connect with the senior on a meaningful level in order to evaluate competency issues and develop solutions that work for each individual family.
What is keeping you from scheduling a free consultation?
At Dillman Law Group we focus our practice on seniors and their families. Some elder law attorneys charge for an initial consultation, but some do not. There is nothing to lose by signing up for a free consultation with an elder law attorney at Dillman Law Group to talk through ways to protect your parents’ assets. Discussing these options and the future of your parents could save you money and stress later.
Give our office a call today to schedule your free consultation at 317-492-9569.