As we grow older, it’s only natural to go through some changes. Our hair becomes gray, our skin becomes wrinkled, and our strength may not be quite what it used to be. One of the ways we adapt to those changes is by getting help from specialists. Just as your body may need gerontologist, your legal matters may need an attorney trained in elder law. But you may wonder what exactly is elder law?
What Elder Law Can Do for You.
This type of lawyer offers services that focus on the needs of senior citizens. The average person facing the legal issues of aging does not know the best ways to deal with those issues. An elder law attorney does.
Elder law clients may need assistance with:
- General estate planning;
- Guardianships or conservatorships;
- Probate and trust administration;
- Asset protection;
- Special needs trusts;
- Dealing with elder abuse; and
- Long-term care planning, including Medicaid eligibility.
“Elder law attorneys take a holistic approach to preserving their clients’ autonomy and freedom through effective financial and estate planning.” An estate planning attorney who also practices elder law doesn’t just stop at writing a simple Will. They don’t just help their clients plan for death – they plan for life.
When to Contact an Elder Law Attorney.
It’s true. The best time to plan is before a problem occurs, especially related to medical treatments or long-term care.
Because you’ll have more time to assess your situation. You’ll have the opportunity to get expert advice, and then act on that advice. You’ll have time to review your options and choose what is best for you or your loved one.
Not Elderly? Not a Problem.
Maybe you have an older parent facing elder law issues. Maybe you are looking ahead to your own future. Either way, it’s important to know what rights and protections are available for senior citizens. Schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys and find out where you stand. Our phone number is 256-251-2137, or you may want to use the Contact Form on our website. We’re have office in in Anniston and Birmingham and assist clients in communities like Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Irondale, and Calera.