The services of an elder law may be sought after when one is more often than not planning for their future after retirement and or death. Some of the areas an attorney practicing elder law may be knowledgeable in our estate planning, social security, long term care, employment discrimination, elder abuse or fraud and grandparents visitation rights. Estate planning may sometimes be overwhelming and stressful and the size of the assets do not matter as one needs to be in control of what happens to their assets once they are no more or old and incapacitated. This is more or less the creation of a will and many elder law attorneys that focus on estate planning can help to make the decisions and the tax implications involved.
Any citizen above the age of sixty-one years and nine months old qualifies to apply for the social security benefits. An elder law attorney can aid in making sure you rip the maximum benefits one receives when you become disabled after reaching full retirement age. The transition from home to any long term care facility should be effortless, and to achieve this an elder law attorney is needed. Long term insurance is vital when transitioning to a long term facility and is, therefore, a valuable tool to have. The policy premiums are also affected by the age, general health and preexisting conditions one may have.
Discrimination against an individual above forty years may bring about litigation as it is illegal. An elder law attorney can help in assessing your claim should you feel that a potential employer is discriminating you due to your age. Elderly people sometimes face mistreatments such as financial, sexual, physical and emotional mistreatment and sometimes neglect and abandonment. In order to contact the relevant authorities due to this mistreatments an elder law lawyer can assist in ensuring this happens swiftly. Bitter disagreements, divorce, and misunderstandings between grandparents and their children are the reasons a grandparent may fail to see their grandchildren. Grandparents may seek the services of an elder law attorney to determine their visitation rights.
Before choosing an elder law attorney it is important to consider how long they have been practicing and with focus on elder law. What are their rates and if they do charge during the first consultation. During the first meeting you should also find out the turnaround time taken in resolving your issue and if there are any alternative solutions you should consider. Also find out if the attorney is certified and what bar he has been admitted to and if he is a member of any organizations if any.