Our nation is also celebrating National Salad Month and National BBQ Month. Most GenXers DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT ELDER LAW. As we face the reality of our aging parents, spring mix and Kansas City v. Memphis are much easier topics.
But the fact is that as our parents are aging, Elder Law and its tactics and techniques are going to become useful. I sometimes refer to Elder Law as Uncomfortable Law because Elder Lawyers are working with families on death, dying, sick, sickness, disability, nursing homes, assisted living, wills, money, family, siblings. We will be talking to our clients about paying for long-term care, gifting to loved ones, and end-of-life documents. Some real light stuff right?
As our parents are aging, Elder Law and its tactics and techniques are going to become useful.
What Do Elder Lawyers Do?
Elder Lawyers make that conversation LESS uncomfortable. Elder Law lawyers are well-versed in the unique legal needs of the senior and special needs community. We can make sure the documents are in order and that the specific wishes and desires of the clients are part of the entire process and plan. We can also make sure that your parents hold on to the money they worked so hard to save. And if they desire to spend that money on their care as they age, then we can make sure that happens. If they want that money to go to their children, we can make sure that happens too.
The thing is NOW is the time to call the Elder Law Lawyer. Because hopefully, your senior parents are living a vigorous life. And you can have some of this conversation without the added pressure of someone being sick or in the hospital. You can start simply with the Powers documents. Giving power to you or a sibling or a trusted love one to make decisions on behalf of your parent.
Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.
We Face a Variety of Issues as Our Parents Get Older
Elder Law and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling, and assisting seniors, people with disabilities, and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living, or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.