I had that same question in the very beginning of caring for my parents. I had no idea of all that is involved in taking care of someone's finances and well being. I finally got in touch with a law firm that handles ONLY Elder Law. I wish I would have contacted them in the very beginning. There are so many specific laws regarding a seniors finances and what they can do with their money. My attorney also gave me a wealth of information on programs available for the elderly in my area. Elder Law is such a specialized law that you really need to be sure the attorney knows what he or she is talking about. Get references from friends or others if possible.