Basics of Elder Law
Posted by The Law Office of Paul D. White, P.A. on Jan 6, 2014 5:05pm PST
Elder law is not defined by the legal subjects it handles but by the group of people it serves which are those who are aged 50 and above. The attorneys who specialize in elder law work primarily with people as they age to resolve such legal problems as estate planning, probate administration, medical care, long term medical or nursing home care, guardianships, and more. These attorneys use an array of legal tools, methods, and procedures to handle the needs and objectives of their older clients and their families. Elder law attorneys may rely on other professionals and experts in order to provide better service to their clients. This may involve coordinating private and public funds or resources to ensure that the elderly person receives the care he or she needs.
Elder law requires an understanding of many legal areas, including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, tax planning, mental health law, estate planning, conservatorships and guardianships, administration and management of various kinds of trusts, nursing home and senior care facility issues, long-term care matters, retirement plans and benefits, and more. It includes handling nursing home abuse and neglect and elder abuse in the form of physical, emotional, and financial abuse or exploitation from caretakers, family members, institutional staffs or others.
Elder law matters have grown in importance and will continue to do so in the U.S. due to the growing population of those considered "senior citizens." These vulnerable citizens need and deserve the legal protections they have been given under state and federal law.
Elder Law Attorney in Saline County, Arkansas
The Law Office of Paul D. White, P.A. is an elder law, estate planning, and probate law firm serving clients in and around Saline County. Mr. White has been practicing law in these fields for more than 21 years and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys which engages in elder law advocacy, education, litigation, and research. He has the knowledge, skills, and commitment to help you resolve your legal matter, whether it involves the probate of an estate, protecting your assets, Medicaid planning, or other issues pertinent to estate planning.
Schedule a free, initial consultation with Mr. White to discuss your legal matter and to learn what your options may be in resolving it. Contact the firm to arrange your case evaluation as soon as possible.