What is Elder Law?
I am often asked. ‘What is elder law?’ or, ‘What differentiate an elder law attorney from an estate planning attorney?’ At first glance one could make the argument that there are differences between the two but, my approach to elder law and estate planning has always been to promote the two areas of law as one, explaining to my clients that we should work as a team and to work from a holistic approach. After all, they are not mutually exclusive. In both cases, we are dealing with people and balancing their near and long-term health care, financial and estate planning needs.
Elder law is primarily focused on assisting you in your senior years or if you become disabled. We are living longer and as such there is a more heightened need for you to know as much as you can about Long-Term Care, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Guardianships and Conservatorships but this is easier said than done.
As an elder law attorney, I can assist you with addressing your near and long-term care needs specifically, the coordination of resources that are available to you which can be both public and private resources or a combination of both. After all, and as I always say to my clients, you owe it to yourself to do all that you can to make sure you are receiving the best quality of care available to you.
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In my capacity as an estate planning attorney, I will work with you on such matters as planning, preserving and protecting your hard-earned assets to work for you while you are alive and for distribution of your assets that are in accord with your wishes when you pass on. You do owe it to yourself to ensure that you have estate planning documents consisting of a Last Will & Testament, Trust, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Medical Directive that will address your near and long-term needs and especially when you are in need of medical care.
The areas of law such as Preservation of Assets in terms of Long-Term Care, Medicaid Planning, Disability Planning, Estate Planning, and Estate and Trust Administration are inextricably interwoven.
As you can see, elder law and estate planning are areas of law that address your near and long-term needs while you are navigating life. We are indeed a population that is not only going to age but one where we will live longer, and we owe it to ourselves to be prepared.