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What is an elder law attorney?

An attorney who practices elder law handles a broad range of issues relating to the elderly. These include:
  • advising on general estate planning issues
  • counseling clients about potential incapacity and alternative decision making
  • assisting in planning for possible long-term care needs (including nursing home care)
  • helping to locate the appropriate type of care
  • helping to coordinate private and public resources to finance the cost of care
  • working to ensure the client's right to quality care

An elder law attorney works primarily with seniors and use a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of their clients. Elder law attorneys typically work with other professionals in various fields )geriatric care managers, social workers, home care nurses) to provide their clients quality service and ensure their needs are met.

Using this holistic approach, for example, an elder law practitioner will address general estate planning issues and will counsel clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents. This attorney will also assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client's right to quality care are all part of the Elder Law practice.

Services are typically privately paid and there are various rate structures available (check with each attorney about his/her rates).

In the Unites States, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is a professional association of over 4,200 attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. Their website is www.naela.org.

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