So you are wondering: I am a senior citizen and there are so many decisions to make: Where do I live as I age? Who will care for me if I cannot take care of myself? Who will make the financial decisions and pay my bills when I cannot? Where will my assets go if I am ill and need to be in a nursing home? Do I want to be in a nursing home or do I prefer to stay in my home if at all possible. Are my assets protected from scam artists and those con artists who target the elderly and other vulnerable adults? What benefits do I need to consider or do I even qualify for? I am still working. Will I be fired or laid off because of my age? Do I understand the social security system or my health care insurance options? Whatever the question, you can find expert advice by consulting a specialist in laws affecting the elderly.
The term “elder law” was first coined in the late 1990′s to describe the law and issues pertaining to senior citizens. This may include health care, competency, age discrimination, estate planning, Veteran’s benefits, social security, survivors’ benefits and many other topics that directly affect anyone who is past retirement age. If you are over 65 and have questions about any of these issues, be sure you consult with an attorney experienced in elder law not just estate planning. Florida and especially the east coast attract retirees because of the beautiful weather and many activities.