Under the category of ‘there really is something for everyone’, I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago when I stopped by to visit my family attorney. I knew that her practice had lawyers specializing in family law, divorce law, criminal defense, civil law and commercial law. But there, added to the office directory, was a new division – Elderly Law. As lifespans increased, especially with all the aging Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, it makes sense that a legal specialty focused on the aging population would emerge – and thrive – in today’s world.
Elder Law has three major focuses:
- Estate Planning and Administration, and Elder Tax Planning
- Medicare, Medicaid, disability and other long-term care issues
- Guardianship, conservatorship, commitment matters and fiduciary administration.
In addition, Elder Law attorneys can assist with elder abuse and neglect complaints, fraud, end of life planning, retirement and Social Security planning, consumer protection, power of attorney, real estate and mortgage assistance and more.
Originally thought of as trust and estates practice, Elder Law was born out of the Older Americans Act (OAA) signed into law by President Johnson in 1965. OAA authorized grants to States for community planning and services, funding for research and training programs in the field of aging. From this, many law schools across the nation realized the need for enhanced curriculum that includes issues affecting the aging population.
Seeking the advice of an Elder Care legal specialist can save you endless stress and heartache dealing with many of these issues on your own. To find an attorney specializing in Elder Care, go to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).