Elder Law attorneys bring a different perspective to the delivery of services to their clients. They use a multi‐disciplinary approach to help seniors, people with disabilities and their families in a caring, compassionate way to preserve dignity for such individuals.
Elder Law attorneys look at what is best for the aging client from all points of view in an objective way. Elder Law attorneys examine the broad range of legal, financial and long‐term care issues facing older Americans. Their multi‐disciplinary approach addresses social, family, psychological and medical concerns.
Elder law attorneys require knowledge of a wide variety of legal disciplines and services such as:
- Advance Directives
- Medicare & Social Security law
- Trust & estate planning, tax planning
- Housing options
- Mental health law
- Discrimination & disability law
Aside from legal expertise, elder law attorneys must also be knowledgeable about other issues affecting older clients. The attorney must be sensitive to changes in their client’s cognitive or physical health, and be able to differentiate between a client’s physical or mental limitations and a lack of legal capacity.
Additionally, an elder law attorney must be comfortable working with other elder-care practitioners, such as psychologists, social workers, or other service providers, should formal or informal consultation become necessary during the course the legal representation. Lastly, the attorney must recognize complex family dynamics, while remaining focused on the client’s wishes and needs.
If you or a family member need assistance with elder law call me at (716) 542-5444.