- Aging & Longevity
Lawyers and Senior Citizens
Do you need a lawyer if you are a senior citizen? You probably do if you have any decent sized estate. You may need one over health care issues too.
Seniors often have to deal with government services and benefits, and often this will lead to the need and use of a lawyer. Many major decisions that a senior has to make in dealing with health care and government benefits will put the senior in touch with legal issues. Seniors can confidently discuss with lawyers issues that they cannot discuss with others since lawyers are bound by a code of ethics.
Usually a senior can use a general practice lawyer although in some case, he or she may need a special practice lawyer. The best referrals are always from someone who has use that particular lawyer in the past but a senior can also get a referral from the local bar association.
A lawyer may charge a flat fee for a service, like drawing up a will or he may charge by the hour. It is important to know how you will be charged for the services you require. Sometimes a contingency fee is used where the lawyer takes a percentage of any monetary settlement his client may receive. Disagreements over legal fees should be settled face to face with the attorney. If that does not work, arbitration is another solution.
One place that a senior should consult a lawyer is in the sale of a home. Renters can sometimes benefit by consulting a lawyer in eviction situations where the renter feels the eviction is unfair or sometimes in rent increases that are clearly designed to get the renter to leave.
Anytime a senior decides to break a contract and there is a reasonable amount of money involved, consulting a lawyer is a good idea.