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Elder Care Attorneys: Lawyers For Seniors

Updated on November 25, 2016
Protecting parents from unwise decisions probably requires the help of an elder care attorney in our socioeconomic climate.
Protecting parents from unwise decisions probably requires the help of an elder care attorney in our socioeconomic climate. | Source

Help for the Senior Years


In planning out my first Monday of the New Year I realized that I was looking over information that could be helpful to anyone with aging parents.

Appointments to talk with a home health care nurse, a home health care therapist, an oncologist’s office, a nursing home, and an elder care attorney on behalf of my father had me doing some needed research.


Learning About Elder Care Attorneys

A year ago I had a vague idea of how the first four in the above list could be helpful, but at that time I had no idea there were elder care attorneys who specialize in the needs of aged people. I only knew that my father needed to consult a recommended lawyer and that he needed to do it immediately.

What I did not know was that elder care attorneys were the ones who could really help him. Thankfully, the lawyer I first contacted was kind enough to inform me of this important news. He could have taken our business and left us to pick up the pieces later.

It makes good sense that an elder care attorney could be a great help in assisting aging parents in making needed plans for the future, setting up funds, creating documents, and facing the issues they will most likely be confronted with if they live long enough.

Don't wait!  Consult an elder care attorney before it is too late!
Don't wait! Consult an elder care attorney before it is too late! | Source

However, in the case of an aging parent getting involved with

• social security offices

• medicare and related insurance companies

• being "offered" the medicaid system

• various insurance companies vying for their business

before consulting with and taking the advice of family, friends, or other counsel that has their best interests at heart, an elder care attorney is the only hope for help.

It isn't that an aging person cannot make good decisions, but there are factors that can prevent them from knowing what the best decisions are. The main issues include the fact that declining mental capability varies greatly among the elderly and a decline can be unique to an individual depending on what their general health is and what medications they take.

An elder care attorney gets to keep his title because he must keep up with the constantly changing laws on medicare and medicaid, and the questions that come up with nursing homes and their interesting policies. As far as I can tell, elder care attornies earn their keep for their care of senior citizens.


Protecting resources is possible if the issues are addressed early enough.
Protecting resources is possible if the issues are addressed early enough. | Source

Will any Attorney Work for Senior Citizens?


Any lawyer can make a will for an older person, or help them

• create a living will

• decide on an advanced directive

• establish a power of attorney

but it is the elder care attorney who stays up to date on the laws that affect the aged parent and their family. These laws can change very quickly and without notice.

Elder care law particularly targets the needs that come with aging in today’s world. Due to changes that increase dependence on the government, those needs are increasingly significant to the individual people, their families, and even to the stability of our society.

Certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, require the specialized input of an elder care attorney because it often takes extra help to get certain programs and care paid for through agencies designed for that very purpose.

It's important to remember that those agencies and facilities have the needs of many people, including their own employees to consider. Seniors need a personal advocate when dealing with hospitals, nursing homes, and government agencies.

Difficult questions come up regarding what kind of care is the right care and how to get that care without the parents losing all of their resources to the systems that are supposed to help. So-called government health care is already reaching into people's pockets while at the same time providing more limited care for seniors.

Getting needs met, planning wisely for the future, and protecting assets are all good reasons to obtain the services of a highly recommended certified elder care attorney.

A lawyer who is only qualified to make sure a basic will is drawn up for elderly people in need of one may not be able to meet all their needs.

Responsible elder care attorneys can be found in most areas of the country, but it is best to carefully review one you are considering hiring. Ask questions about how he or she will handle the specifics of yours or your parents' affairs and don't be afraid to be very direct about questions.

Get some recommendations from family and friends who may even be willing to ask around for references from their individual circle of contacts. Other attorneys, geriatric doctors and nurses, and even pastors could also offer good references. No matter what, don't just pull a name from the phone book.


There is real help with protecting senior citzens' resources.
There is real help with protecting senior citzens' resources. | Source

Who Helps You Find an Elder Care Attorney?


There are some organizations that help you understand what elder law is and can help you find certified lawyers or find out if your elder care attorney is certified. Take a look at the following links for some good information to start you off:

NAELA

Answers

NCEA

If you have parents who are aging, get them the information they need regarding an elder care attorney right away. They may not navigate the internet well enough to find themselves in trouble, but they can surely dial up any random local attorney from an advertisement.

You can’t stop them from doing so, but you can offer them truly helpful information in time to possibly prevent a disaster. Even if the relationship with parents is strained, it is often possible to find a way to share information that helps elderly parents make good decisions if their affairs have not been attended to correctly.

Between the typical concerns associated with aging, like mild memory loss and fatigue, to more serious physical concerns, such as Alzheimer's or cancers, senior citizens need the help of those who love them. Elder care attorneys understand that need.

It's pretty simple:

• Society is growing more complicated.

• Lawyers are needed for our aging senior citizens.

• Elder Care Attorneys can help meet their needs.


Be Prepared


In The Elder Law Handbook: A Legal and Financial Survival Guide for Caregivers and Seniors elderly people and their families have the opportunity to prepare themselves for productive conversations with elder care attorneys, to learn how to find the best day-to-day help and care, as well as other related issues. The title is self-explanatory, however, obtaining the information before in a critical need situation is crucial to being prepared to navigate difficult days more easily.

Were you aware of elder care attorneys before reading this hub?

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More Information to Help You Help the Elderly


Knowledge is key to helping the elderly stay safe and secure:


• Learn about helping parents who are getting to the age of not being able to live alone.

• Learn about issues in nursing homes.

• Learn about being an advocate in a person's medical emergency.


Learn about NAEL and Medicare

Care for the Elderly's Needs

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Having a trusted friend that can help you and your church family with the needs is a wonderful blessing. Thank you for checking out this hub and for your generous feedback. Here's to hoping others will benefit from it rather than getting stuck in a difficult situation.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is so important to know. We are in the midst of classes on end of life planning including the areas you mentioned. One of our members of our church is a lawyer and he is providing us with the info and tools to plan wisely

      thanks for sharing

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      PegCole17:

      So glad you were able to obtain the help of an Elder Care Attorney. The issues families face when caring for an aged parent or other relative are complicated and often quite individual, needing to be assessed by a professional who is a true advocate for both the patient and their family. Thanks for highlighting this intro to Elder Care Attorneys with your comment.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very important information on the legal aspects of caring for our elders. This is a valuable resource. After a stay in the rehab facility when Mom broke her hip, we contacted an Eldercare Attorney who guided us through preparing the necessary paperwork that has been of use countless times. I can not tell you how often I've had to fax the medical power of attorney form to agencies just so they will discuss Mom's health care with me.

      Voted up and useful.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      anidae:

      So appreciate your visit and that you shared some of your experience with us. Thanks much for letting me know that this info lines up with your good experience.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      CraftytotheCore:

      It's sad that senior citizens can be victimized by relatives, but that's just another reason for them to use the services of an elder care attorney.

      I'm glad the firm you worked for could help that lady, otherwise her resources would not have gone to help her and she would likely have wound up in a medicaid facility for nursing home type care, which is sad business most of the time.

      Thanks much for stopping in and adding your input here!

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      Anita Adams 4 years ago from Tennessee

      This is very good information. I had a similar experience several years ago and I gathered my children for a visit to an eldercare lawyer. He was recommended by another lawyer as a eldercare specialist to help us in our situation. It was the smartest thing for me and my family. This lawyer was honorable and smart. Getting referrals is a good test to find a good eldercare attorney.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      This is a great Hub and so true! I've seen many ways in which elderly folks become victimized even by their own families. I worked at a law firm and we represented a woman that was just under 100 years old with no family at all. She had a life-interest use in real estate from the college she worked at. She was a writer after retirement. She ultimately went in to a nursing home. Without family, it was crucial that her attorney handle her financial and legal affairs.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      L.L. Woodard:

      Thanks much for your feedback on this hub re elder care attorneys. I agree--hopefully there will be a real interest in this specialty. Helping the elderly helps all of us, but not enough people realize that.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      You've done a great job of succinctly explaining the value of using the services of an elder care attorney.

      I suspect that the need for elder care attorneys, like that of geriatricians, will only increase as the millions of baby boomers move into their 60s and beyond. Hopefully there will be enough bright young minds who are interested in this specialty in the years to come.

      Great hub; voted up and Shared.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      anidee:

      Your input is so important because of your experience. Thank you for your comment!

      I'm so glad you were able to get the recommendation for your elder care attorney in time. Ours is continuing to try to help our situation. Much to be thankful for!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Stephen Wood:

      There is nothing easy about a situation that requires help, especially the help of an elder care attorney, but I'm thankful that their help is available.

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      You are right on target with this information. I had a similar experience but it was concerning my husband who was gravely ill at the time. An attorney I knew, recommended an elder attorney to me and my family. It was an eye opening experience and he was so up-to-date on the information we needed.He was able to help us get all the needed paperwork in order. His advice was invaluable. Great information.I voted up on this article.

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      Stephen Wood 6 years ago

      The loss of mobility and independence is usually depressing and the idea of making such a decision is heart wrenching.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, as well as for the links.

      Elder care and elder law is a topic that should be kept highlighted. For instance, I just learned that medicaid laws can change daily and without notice!

      Elderly people often make the mistake of thinking that there's not much difference between medicare and medicaid, and consequently do not seek adequate counsel.

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I learned things from your hub that I wish I knew when my Aunt was still alive. You were lucky to have spoken to an honest lawyer who told you that you needed an elder care attorney for your Dad. The lawyer my Aunt used for her will knew nothing of what follows after death. Thanks for the info. I voted up and added a reciprocal link in my hub on the subject. You have a lot of important information here.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      The best to you on helping your mom! The more I learn in the process we are going through the more I want to share the need with others. Thanks very much for stopping in and commenting.

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      The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

      Excellent advice and well laid out hub. Glad to have found this, it will help give me "credibility" with my mom. Thanks!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. In continuing to deal with our situation I am again this week impressed with the need for elderly people to have an elder care attorney on their side.

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      dannesigner 7 years ago from Rocklin,Ca

      Nice Hub! Really helpful Tips. I worked at Nursing Home before and They deserve to be taking care of.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. What I have learned over the last week makes me want to get the word out even more. Get a recommended elder care attorney on your side!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent hub - clear, concise, and packed with excellent info. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping and for being willing to share the information. I learned a lot at the appointment because ours is a unique situation. However, I do believe that it would be wise for people to choose elder care attorneys for their sunset years no matter what their situation presently is. The problem with situations is that they change!

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      This is nice blog but i dont think we have this in India.. but still i would keep it in mind if some elderly person does need help.