Navigating Legal Implications: What You Need to Know About Elder Law

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What is Elder Law?

Elder law encompasses all legal issues that affect seniors. The area of practice addresses the unique concerns of seniors and helps families navigate through complex legal matters. Lawyers in elder law specialize in areas such as estate planning, public benefits, and  long-term care arrangements. 

“Elder law attorneys specialize in handling the specific needs of older individuals,” explains Terry Thompkins, SVP of Operations at Chapters Living, “They are well-versed in the laws and regulations that pertain to seniors, allowing them to provide detailed guidance and support for families.”

How Can Elder Law Help Me?

Long-term care arrangements are a primary reason seniors turn to elder law attorneys. Whether for memory care, assisted living or skilled nursing, elder law attorneys provide expert guidance for long-term care decision making. Receiving an attorney’s objective recommendation on type of care allows families to make confident decisions.  

Government benefits such as Medicaid and Veterans Aid can significantly lower the cost of long-term care. Elder law attorneys have detailed expertise in these government programs; They advise on eligibility criteria, guide through the application process, help protect assets, and present optimal monetary assistance plans for each individual. 

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Estate planning is another common reason people hire elder law attorneys. These lawyers work to ensure seniors’ wishes are documented and implemented. This specialization addresses wills, trusts, assets, and healthcare decisions, providing peace of mind to both the seniors and their families. 

Elder law plays a crucial role in addressing the legal needs of our aging loved ones. Many people can greatly benefit from the expertise of elder law attorneys, particularly when it comes to long-term care arrangements. By working with these lawyers, caregivers can navigate complex legal matters confidently and ensure that their loved ones receive the care and support they deserve.

How to Find a Lawyer Specializing in Elder Law 

Utilizing trustworthy sources, whether online or through connections, is the best way to find an attorney specializing in elder law. The National Elder Law Foundation created a useful database with attorneys sorted by area. Friends, family, and senior living professionals may have helpful recommendations as well. 

Our Chapters team is willing to work with any legal professionals you hire as you navigate senior living decisions.

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