Elder Law: Do You Really Need an Elder Law Attorney?
On this blog, we’ve featured several topics pertaining to personal injury, family law, and criminal defense. We are now featuring a new practice of law that doesn’t get much attention these days: Elder law.
What is elder law? Elder law focuses on providing legal services to the elder population and their family members with special needs, such as early onset Alzheimer’s disease. For those who may be concerned about their future and want to manage their situations now, this is where you may want to seek help from an attorney.
But why do you need an elder law attorney? Because planning for your future can be difficult as well as emotional. You’re going to have to make decisions such as preparing a will or trust or have to plan for the end of your life. What seems like a simple situation, such as filling out a will, can quickly dissolve into a complicated legal mess. And that’s why you need an experienced elder law attorney to help guide you through the process.
A lawyer can help you with the following situations:
- Medicare and Medicaid planning – Those forms can be confusing and there are deadlines that need to be met. But with an attorney by your side, the process will go by much quicker.
- Estate planning – The last thing you want is your loved ones to fight over your possessions and finances after you’re gone. A detailed plan is needed so everyone knows that you want your granddaughter to have your wedding china.
- Long-term health care options – It’s hard to think about but many senior citizens will become ill the older they get. And you’re going to need the right plan in place to help pay for your health care needs.
- Elder abuse – Our elders are one of the most vulnerable populations to abuse by others. If this happens to your loved one, don’t you want help in seeing those responsible get what they deserve?
- Guardianship – A guardian is chosen to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. It’s similar to a power of an attorney (check out next week’s blog to learn the difference).
- Retirement planning – You got to make sure your pension is going to last. And the best way to do that is through a proper management plan.
The list goes on and on.
If you are in need of an elder law attorney in the Jersey City area, we can help. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.