GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011 - (Page 54)
Elder Law 101
egal problems that affect the elderly
are growing in number. Our laws and
regulations are becoming more complex.
It is important for attorneys
dealing with the elderly to have a
broad understanding of the laws that
may have an impact on a given situation,
to avoid future problems.
Unfortunately, this job is not made
easy by the fact that Elder Law
encompasses many different fields of
law, such as
• Medicare and Social Security
claims and appeals
• Supplemental and long-term
health insurance issues
• Disability planning, including living
trusts and “living wills”
• Estate planning
• Nursing home issues
• Age discrimination in employment
• Retirement benefits
Most Elder Law attorneys do not
specialize in every one of these
areas. So when an attorney says they
practice Elder Law, find out which of
these matters they handle. You will
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What to look for when hiring an Elder Law attorney
want to hire the attorney who regularly
handles matters in the area
of concern in your particular case.
Ask questions first
Ask lots of questions before
selecting an Elder Law attorney:
• How long has the attorney been
• Does their practice emphasize a
particular area of law?
• How long have they been in this
• What percentage of their practice
is devoted to Elder Law?
• Is there a fee for the first consultation
and if so, how much is it?
• Given the nature of your problem,
what information should
you bring with you to the initial
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To find a NAELA-member
Elder Law attorney in your
area, visit NAELA.org.
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