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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
Hammond and Associates, LLC, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate
For Jeffrey Hammond, the practice of Elder Law is personal. Jeff’s many years of experience in law and in business did not prepare him for the crisis he faced in 2005 and 2006 when his father suffered a stroke and both of his parents suffered from dementia and other medical problems. At that time, Jeff began an i...
Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers
Mindy Felinton concentrates in the areas of Medicaid planning, Veterans' Benefits, asset protection, nursing home planning, elder law, wills, estate planning, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, probate administration and trust administration and began her legal career 30 years ago as an Assistant State Attorney...
Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC
Attorney Samantha Simmons Fredieu is an associate at Hale Ball. Ms. Fredieu graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School where she was the symposium editor on the Vermont Law Review, a production editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and a member of the Moot Court Advisory Board. She has clerked for...
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