An attorney who specializes in elder law will help an elderly or disabled family member or loved one arrange long-term healthcare and estate planning.
Establishing a healthcare power of attorney and planning end-of-life decisions, such as do not resuscitate orders and beneficiaries of an estate, can all be done with help from an elder law attorney. An experienced elder law attorney will provide the services of writing a will, answering tax questions, and planning strategies for gaining disability and Social Security payments.
Why hire an Elder law attorney
Elder law attorneys and elder care lawyers deal with issues related to elderly and disabled people. They write wills, answer tax questions, and plan strategies for obtaining disability, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare payments. Their services are useful for health and long-term care planning, as well as end-of-life planning decisions and instances of elder abuse. Elder law attorneys know what public and private resources may be available for your elderly relatives or for anyone else you know with special needs.
According to a report by the Schuyler Center, 56% of elder abuse victims identified family members as suspects. Eighteen percent cited a home care worker, while 24% identified a friend. Additionally, only one in seven power of attorney-related cases are prosecuted.