Elder Law is an area of life planning and estate planning. Elder Law focuses on the needs associated with aging – the particular needs of your sunset years – addressing those needs, as well as planning for them. Some aspects of Elder Law are related to ensuring that you have resources in place to ease the transition into retirement and old age. As Americans live longer, new needs arise. We need to deal with chronic health concerns, long-term care (in-home or institutional), and dying with dignity. And this is becoming a reality for more and more of us every day, both with respect to caring for loved ones, and looking ahead to our own care.
Some aspects of planning for long-term care and chronic illness require planning well in advance of need – planning too few actually undertake. This can include advance estate planning that strives to build and protect a legacy for those you will one day leave behind or more specific tasks like finding long-term care insurance.
Other aspects are practical, in-the-moment needs, such as dealing with health care denial appeals, retirement resource management, adapting your home for in-home care, and finding nursing care and assisted living solutions that work for you.
An elder law attorney can help you review your needs and plans, and help you to put plans in place. Some of what we consider in Elder Law includes: