As you age, new issues like Medicaid, estate planning, disability, health care, retirement, taxes, financial planning, abuse and discrimination issues may arise It is critical that you know your rights and seek counseling and advice when needed.
Elder law is a field of law in the United States that covers all aspects of issues seniors deal with. It is a moderately new form of law practice that focuses solely on the needs and laws governing the elderly.
Today, lawyers can specialize in this field of law by getting certified by the Board of Certification of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and proficiency of lawyers practicing this form of law. The certification was created to educate lawyers on all aspects of law pertaining to the elderly, while helping the general public identify a lawyer that is knowledgeable and proficient at helping with their specific needs. When dealing with elder law it is advisable to choose a lawyer that is familiar not only with elder law, but one that can also recognize ethical issues that may arise and can suggest public and private non-legal resources in the community to help meet your needs.
Nearly all aspects of life management for the elderly are covered under some form of elder law that protects your rights. There are elder laws pertaining to estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships and end of life planning. Elder laws exist for protection against abuse, neglect and fraud. It is important to consult elder laws when dealing with disability, medical care, nursing home and housing issues, as well as retirement, insurance and employment issues.