Elder Law Attorney – What do they do?
An elder law attorney is an attorney that is an advocate for the elderly and their families. Many, if not most, elder law attorneys handle a wide range of issues including wills, trusts, estate plans, powers of attorney, healthcare, nursing home issues, and Medicaid applications.
Unlike many other areas of the law, elder law is defined by the needs of the client rather than by a particular field of law. Because of this, elder law attorneys are also aware that their clients’ needs often extend beyond basic legal services. For this reason, these attorneys are linked to a network of professionals in their community who serve the senior population.
How can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?
- An elder law attorney can discuss the importance of a complete estate plan, including planning for minor children and special needs adults
- An elder law attorney can help with Probate
- Setup Durable Powers of Attorney
- Setup Wills and Trusts
- Help protect assets from Medicaid
- Help apply for Medicaid
- Apply for and get guardianships
- Help choose a long term care facility
- Draft medical directives including healthcare powers of attorney and advance directives
- Administer and manage Trusts
How do Elder Law Attorneys Bill?
For general service and advice you should expect hourly billing at $200-$300 per hour.
For other services such as guardianships, estate planning, and Medicaid applications, the fee is usually decided in advance and paid as a flat fee.
Why Hire an Elder Law Attorney?
- They concentrate on the issues of aging and the elderly
- Works with a variety of legal tools and techniques specifically to meet the needs of the older client
- Empathizes with the physical and mental difficulties of aging
- Has an informal network of other elder care professionals who may be able to help you
- Has a knowledge of the issues facing the senior population and can ignore the myths of aging and competence