Attorneys are like doctors. There are attorneys who handle general matters and other who specialize. If you or an older loved one is facing incapacity or long-term medical treatment, you need an elder law attorney.
An elder law attorney understands the legal needs of the elderly.
Okay, the over-60 crowd does face some of the same legal needs as other age groups. Adults of every age should have a comprehensive estate plan, for instance. But other legal issues gain and lose importance to us based on where we are on our life’s journey.
For example, your Uncle Harold had different legal issues as a young man than he has now. As a man of 21, he may have been concerned with advancing his career (employment law), getting married (family law), and having children (estate planning). Planning for incapacity, disability, or death were probably not on his mind at all. Now age 64, he may be concerned about long-term care, checking out reverse mortgages, and hoping to protect his assets for his heirs.
Elder law attorneys understand how urgent it is to get this planning done right now.
An elder law attorney knows how the laws apply to older people
State and federal laws impact the finances, medical treatment, and housing of senior citizens every day.
Guardianship and conservatorship laws affect the lives of some seniors, especially if they have not prepared a durable power of attorney.
Housing laws promote accessibility to meet special mobility needs of the elderly.
In Alabama, the Protecting Alabama’s Elders Act specifically targets crimes against the elderly including elder abuse, elder neglect, and financial exploitation.
Finally, an elder law attorney assists with the estate planning and long-term care planning issues so critical to a senior citizen’s well-being.
Let’s say your Grandmother Josephine is growing weaker. She may soon need 24/7 nursing home care, but doesn’t have the financial resources to pay for it.
An elder law attorney will know where to turn and what to do to help her.
Medicaid eligibility planning is crucial to the future of loved ones, even if they don’t face an immediate crisis.
Don’t Wait. Your Pathway to Peace of Mind Starts with a Phone Call.
Planning for our golden years can help those years be more restful, and give you and your caregivers peace of mind.
The attorneys at Adams Miller, LLP can help you assess your needs and develop the right plan to meet those needs. For a free consultation, contact us at 256-251-2137 or use our convenient Contact Form. Although we’re located in Anniston and Birmingham, we assist clients in Gadsden, Hoover, Talladega, Vestavia Hills, and surrounding areas.