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An Informative Guide About Elder Law

  • December 4, 2013

Elder law is an area of law that deals with legal issues facing seniors in the society and their families. It’s a very broad topic and may include things such as probate, guardianship, nursing home neglect and real estate among others. Generally, no single elder law attorney can have expertise in each of the topics. The goal of these lawyers is to know a few topics well and work with other legal experts who have a good understanding of the others. Most small firms have different attorneys handling different categories.

Various subjects under elder law

1. Estate Planning

This basically entails the preparation of all necessary documents for transfer of an
estate to heirs. Your attorney will help you prepare a will or trust agreement .Generally,
estate plans are aimed at avoiding estate tax and probate as well as ensure
that your assets won’t go to the wrong hands.

2. Neglect in nursing homes

Providing care for older adults is a huge and demanding responsibility, and the majority
of nursing homes out there take it seriously. However, if a nursing home fails
to properly care for you, the result may be medical errors, fractured bones, bed
sores, overwhelming infections and even death.

There are litigation lawyers who handle nursing home neglect cases, though these slightly
differ from normal personal injury cases. For an attorney to effectively handle
such cases, he or she should be familiar with all common illnesses of the seniors
and the different laws that apply to a nursing home.

3. Advance Directives

These are documents that state what one would like done in the event they’re unable to
make decisions at a certain point in their lifetime. Common advance directives include
the Durable Powers of Attorney which allow you to identify and name an
individual (called an agent) who’ll make health and/or financial decisions on
your behalf if you became unable to do so due to an ailment , disability and so
on.