The services of an elder law attorney come in handy when one retires or is preparing for their future. Some of the areas an attorney practicing elder law may be knowledgeable in our estate planning, social security, long term care, employment discrimination, elder abuse or fraud and grandparents visitation rights. Estate planning may sometimes be overwhelming and stressful and the size of the assets do not matter as one needs to be in control of what happens to their assets once they are no more or old and incapacitated. The help of an elder law attorney is vital when preparing the estate plan which is like a will.
Application of social security benefits is made by individuals that are above the age of sixty-one years and nine months old. The services of an elder law attorney come in handy when one is trying to get the full benefits of being disabled after attaining full retirement age. The transition from home to any long term care facility should be effortless, and to achieve this an elder law attorney is needed. It is advisable to have long term insurance as the cost implications of joining a long term care facility are high. The policy premiums are also affected by the age, general health and preexisting conditions one may have.
Discrimination against an individual above forty years may bring about litigation as it is illegal. An elder law attorney can help in assessing your claim should you feel that a potential employer is discriminating you due to your age. It is very unfortunate that an elder would be abused by anybody, this abuse encompasses physical, sexual, financial and emotional mistreatment, it also occurs when one is abandoned or neglected. An elder law attorney is vital in curbing this situation as they can assist contact the relevant authorities and try to recover some of the lost funds. Bitter disagreements, divorce, and misunderstandings between grandparents and their children are the reasons a grandparent may fail to see their grandchildren. Grandparents may seek the services of an elder law attorney to determine their visitation rights.
It is important that you know how long an attorney has been practicing elder law before engaging their services. What are their rates and if they do charge during the first consultation. During the first meeting you should also find out the turnaround time taken in resolving your issue and if there are any alternative solutions you should consider. Also find out if the attorney is certified and what bar he has been admitted to and if he is a member of any organizations if any.