Although there are many different types of lawyers, when it comes to retirement, long-term care issues and estate planning, it is best to seek legal advice from an elder law attorney. These professionals specialize in legal matters that concern older adults and their family caregivers, but it is important to remember that all individuals will face these concerns at some point in their lives. It is never too early to begin planning for your future.
Attorneys who specialize in elder law can provide legal counsel on matters related to retirement, aging, paying for long-term care, mental competency, probate processes, and more. Some elder law lawyers may pursue further specialization in certain areas like Medicaid planning, but the table below shows the most common legal documents and goals that these professionals assist clients with.
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Health Care Decisions
Financial and Benefits Planning
Other Legal Services
Legal counsel is paid for privately. For some low-income individuals who cannot afford to hire professional assistance, local area agencies on aging (AAAs), state bar associations and charitable organizations may be able to provide funding for these services or a referral to a provider that might be able to help. Eligible veterans may be able to receive pro bono legal help as well.
All of the sources below can be used to pay for or receive elder law services:
When selecting someone to help you compose important legal documents, it is important to have a good working relationship and confidence in their abilities and ideas. Look for attorneys who participate in continuing education opportunities, have no complaints or instances of misconduct on their record, and who have appropriate certifications or awards that pertain to the services you require.
Learn more about common elder law issues with these articles written by elder care experts and experienced caregivers.