Elder Care Law: The Basics
Elder Care Law is a field of law practice that specializes in the particular needs of seniors. It deals with things like wills and trusts, estate planning and end-of-life planning, but can involve much more than that. There are many laws, statutes, regulations and decisions which impact on the lives of older Americans and their families.
It encompasses such areas as long-term care and nursing home care; assisted living community placement; Medicaid and asset protection planning; Medicare, managed care, and payment for health care; Social Security and retirement income planning; disability planning; housing options, such as assisted-living and residential homes for the aged; financial and health care decision-making through the use of durable powers of attorney; end-of-life decision-making through the use of living wills and advance directives; probate and estates; revocable living trusts and wills; and so forth.
Elder Law is one of the fastest growing areas of law. With 80 million baby boomers moving into their “golden years,” and one person attaining age 50 every seven seconds, there is a great demand for information. Which is why it is important to contact an Elder Care Law attorney who specialized in these matters. In addition, many of the entitlements, such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and “health care reform,” are being driven at the federal level. It takes a elder law attorney committed to practice primarily in this area of law to stay on top of the most current changes in legislation.