Elder Law

Elder law is a relatively specialized law practice area but it covers a broad spectrum of legal questions ranging from wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney, to matters relating to devising a strategy to meet housing and independent living challenges, as well as long term care planning and the ability to effectively manage one’s own affairs, along with many other issues. The legal issues are often intertwined with financial, emotional, personal, and physical ability or disability issues. An effective attorney-client relationship in the elder law context requires counsel to bring more than just legal expertise to the table. Elder law attorneys must also understand the aging process and be aware of some of the related medical issues and cognitive decline issues facing elders and the planning challenges these present, as well as be familiar with and able to work with the network of supportive and professional services and providers for the elder population. Most elder law attorneys also make home and health care facility visits when necessary, and they must be capable of dealing effectively with the unique ethical issues which can arise in the course of representing elders.

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