A knowledgeable elder law attorney will make certain that he or she represents the best interests of senior clients in a variety of situations that may occur in an elderly person’s life.
An elder care attorney will also be very knowledgeable about several different areas of the law.
The Idaho Falls Spokesperson’s recent article, “What is an Elder Law Attorney and What Can They Do for You?” looks at some of the things an elder care attorney can do.
Elder care attorneys address long-term care issues, housing, quality of life, independence, and autonomy—which are all critical issues concerning seniors.
Your elder law attorney knows that one of the main issues senior citizens face is sound estate planning. This may include planning for a minor or adult child with special needs, as well as probate proceedings, which is a process where a deceased person’s assets are collected and distributed to the person’s beneficiaries and creditors.
The probate process may also involve the Uniform Probate Code (UPC). The UPC is a set of inheritance rules written by national experts. A major responsibility of the probate process is to fully administer the entire estate, including appointing Personal Representatives or Executors and ensuring that all assets are disbursed properly.
An experienced elder law attorney can also assist your family to make sure that your senior receives the best possible care arrangement, which may become more important as his or her medical needs increase.
An elder law attorney also sometimes helps clients find the best nursing home to fully satisfy all their needs. Finally, they often will also work to safeguard assets to prevent spousal impoverishment when one spouse must go to a nursing home.
A qualified elder law attorney can be a big asset to your family, as you journey through the elder care planning process. Working with an attorney to set up contingency plans can provide peace of mind and relief to you and your loved ones.
Reference: Idaho Falls Spokesperson (May 20, 2019) “What is an Elder Law Attorney and What Can They Do for You?”