With an estimated 40 million Americans 65 years or older, our nation is growing older, living longer, and we have fewer resources for long-term care. As we age, we often face a broad range of complex legal concerns. The importance of planning for one’s future needs is essential.
What is Elder Law?
An Elder Law attorney focuses their practice on the legal needs of the aging adult. Using a holistic approach to legal advice, an Elder Law attorney works with you and your loved ones to consider key issues such as housing, financial well-being, health and long-term care, and autonomy/quality of life. Additionally, an Elder Law attorney counsels clients in estate planning, with careful consideration for possible incapacity with health care and financial decision-making documents.
An Elder Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder Law practice.
Elder Law encompasses many different fields of law. Some of these fields include:
- Preserving/transferring assets to avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home
- Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues
- Disability planning, including use of durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living trust for financial management and health care decisions
- Estate Planning, including planning for the management of your assets during life and after death
- Trust and estate administration
- Nursing home issues including questions of patient’s rights
Hiring an Elder Law attorney, like our seasoned attorneys at Generations Law Group, will give you and your loved ones peace of mind that the legal advice you seek will come from an expert in the legal needs of people as they age.
Founded by a nurse attorney and with offices in Acton, Burlington, and Sudbury, Massachusetts, Generations Law Group helps families navigate the complex areas of elder law to inform and protect loved ones of every generation.