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What Is Elder Law?

Elder law attorneys focus on issues specific to the elderly, such as:
  • Estate planning and administration
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Disability
  • Long term care
  • Tax questions
  • Fiduciary administration
  • Guardianship

How Do I Know If I Need an Elder Lawyer?

If you or a family members is in declining health, or you just want to plan ahead, you may want to speak with an elder law attorney. A lawyer that specializes in elder law will educate you on the issues that concern the elderly and guide you through any forms or processes you should have in place. Since elder law is such a broad category, you want to make sure that your attorney has experience in your specific legal matter. These types of legal issues can make a huge difference in both your and your family's lives, so many times, it's best to bring in a professional.
How Much Does an Elder Law Attorney Cost? Elder law attorneys bill using a variety of methods since there are so many different services involved in elder law. For some document drafting and review, attorneys use a flat rate, but these are generally only used for simple matters. Hourly rates are also common, especially during any court proceedings. An elder law attorney may charge on a contingency basis for guardianship or fiduciary administration, since these services continue for long periods of time. Be sure to discuss the method and rate of billing used by your attorney up front.

What Should I Expect at the End of This Process?

Since elder law is such a broad practice area, it's hard to say exactly what you should expect. Generally, you should expect to feel confident that your future and the future of your assets will be protected in the way that you decide. An elder law attorney will ensure that your affairs are taken care of legally and in the most efficient and convenient way possible.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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