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What Is An Elder Law Attorney?
- August 28th, 2013
Elder law attorneys are lawyers who specialize in helping seniors with a variety of legal issues. The specialty of "elder law" evolved in the 1980s as it became increasingly clear that the complicated legal issues confronting seniors -- in particular qualifying for Medicaid coverage of nursing home care -- were beyond the expertise of general-practice attorneys.
Elder law or elder care attorneys typically help families:
- plan for Medicaid coverage of long-term care, and apply for coverage when the time comes;
- plan and administer an estate;
- represent guardians and conservators; and
- create and administer trusts.
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.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC
Loretta Morris Williams is a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Ms. Williams was admitted to the Council of Advanced Practitioners, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in 2012. She serves as President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. Willia...
Margaret A. O'Reilly, PC
Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 y...
But anyone can call themselves an "elder law" attorney, and today in the U.S. some 10,000 lawyers claim to practice "elder" or "elder care law." How do you know who is truly qualified? One way is to consult ElderLawAnswers' directory of member attorneys. To find an elder law attorney near you, click here.
Last Modified: 08/28/2013