What is Elder Law and Why is it Necessary?
Only a decade or so ago, there was no such thing as Elder Law, or not formally at least. Elder
Law includes a wide array of legal matters that affect older people and those who are disabled.
The issues often relate to retirement, long-term care plans, healthcare, guardianship, Medicare,
Medicaid, Social Security and other matters that may be encountered in the Golden Years.
Do I Need Elder Law Counsel?
The ideal time to seek Elder Law counsel is actually before you need it. Elder Law is designed to assure you so you can rest easy that your medical and financial matters are being taken care of.
Looking back in hindsight with regret is not a good feeling. If you have asked yourself any of the things below, chances are good you could benefit from speaking with an Elder Law who is a specialist in the field:
- If I become incapacitated, who will make decisions for me? And, how will I make sure
they will be allowed to?
- Where will I reside if I become too sick or frail to tend to myself?
- How should I distribute the assets of my estate?
- How can I afford long-term health care?
- Should I take out nursing home insurance?
- Do I qualify for Medicaid?
- How can I be sure I am getting my full amount of Social Security that I am due?
- Who will take care of my special needs child when I am gone?
Elder Law is a branch of law that has arisen over the past 10 years or so. It began because
seniors, like yourself, have many legitimate questions like the ones above. Not only does Elder
Law have a focus on seniors but on the disabled as well.
What Can An Elder Law Attorney Help With?
There are many facets of the law that a lawyer who specializes in Elder Law can assist you with.
For one, they are able to explain the laws to you. Many laws are difficult for someone who is not in the legal field to understand. Many of the laws are ones you might not realize even exist. An attorney can help point those out to you. Another benefit to having Elder Law counsel is so
they can make sure legal documents and so forth get done properly. It’s not unheard of that an
entire will is null because it was not written properly. No one wants that to happen to their
last wishes. Here are some specific things an Elder Law professional can assist with:
- Deciding whether to apply for Medicaid or Medicare and when to do so.
- Taking a recourse if your Medicaid is denied.
- Officiating a Power of Attorney for you.
- Transferring of property.
- Smoothing out issues of probate.
- Filing a Living Will.
- Full estate planning.
- Getting the most out of your Social Security benefits including spousal benefits your
spouse may be eligible for.
Here For You
Especially in your older years, you will need to find people you know you can trust that are looking out for your best interest. We at Moses & Moses Law Firm are here to help guide you through the legal measures that are necessary to ensure your needs as a senior or a disabled individual are met to the fullest.