Why Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?
First, let's consider the people we're best suited to help. An "older" American is typically defined as one who is age sixty-five and older. Today, about one in eight Americans, or approximately 13 percent of the total population, is considered an "older" American. This population is rapidly growing; the older population in 2030 is projected to be twice as large as their counterparts in 2000, growing from 35 million to 72 million and representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population . That's a lot of people!
Often, we're asked, "What exactly does an Elder Law attorney do?" An Elder Law attorney is one who handles a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person, including estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Veterans Benefits, wealth preservation, and long term care planning. We also have extensive knowledge regarding the specific needs and issues affecting the senior population, and are aware of the physical and mental difficulties that accompany the aging process, as well as the myths and misunderstandings that abound regarding aging and competence. Because of this diverse knowledge, we are uniquely able to assist seniors and their families as they navigate through life's difficult transitions.