Elder Law

What exactly is Elder Law?

Practicing Elder Law is just like practicing any other law; the only real difference is that the focus of Elder Law is on the specific legal needs of those who are around or over the normal age of retirement. Below is some basic information. For a more detailed description of our work in Elder Law, please visit our site, www.ElderLawAttorney.com.

What are the specific differences between Elder Law and any other law?

Legal problems affecting the elderly are different from those affecting a younger population; therefore, the laws governing these issues are different as well. The most common Elder Law cases involve age-specific health care issues that incorporate the use of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other public benefits programs that are not utilized by a younger population.

What are some of the fields Elder Law encompasses?

  • Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other public benefits programs
  • Assisted living facilities and nursing homes
  • Elder abuse
  • Health care decision-making
  • Guardianship and surrogate decision-making
  • Long-term care
  • Use of home equity as an income source
  • Dispute resolution
  • Pain management
  • Age discrimination in employment
  • Ethical issues
  • Protective services
  • Individual rights administration and management of trusts and estates
  • End-of-life care

Why is it important for me to use a lawyer who specializes in Elder Law?

Every action we take is important, whether it involves our health, our finances, our family, or our employment. Oftentimes our actions have unintended legal effects. As we age, these effects can be even more drastic.

Laws involving older Americans can drastically change from year to year, sometimes becoming more simple and straightforward, but oftentimes becoming more complex. Unless an attorney focuses on Elder Law and has a broad understanding of legal issues affecting an older population, there is a high risk that important details will slip through the cracks.

Whom do I contact?

If you or someone you know would like to have an attorney answer your questions about Elder Law, contact The Schofner Law Firm.