:: ELDER LAW
WHAT IS ELDER LAW?
Elder Law is a relatively new specialty devoted to the legal issues of senior citizens, including estate planning, health care, planning for incapacity or mental incompetence, the receipt of benefits, ageism, and employment discrimination.
The three major categories that make up elder law are:
- Estate planning and administration, including tax questions;
- Medicaid and Nursing Homes, disability and other long-term care issues; and
- Guardianship, conservatorship and commitment matters, including fiduciary administration.
Other issues found under the umbrella of elder law include such areas as estate planning; wills; trusts; guardianship; protection against elder abuse, neglect, and fraud; end-of-life planning; all levels of disability and medical care; retirement planning; Social Security benefits; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; Medicaid planning (United States); consumer protection; nursing homes and in-home care; powers of attorney; physicians' or medical care directives, declarations and powers of attorney; landlord/tenant needs; real estate and mortgage assistance; various levels of advice, counseling and advocacy of rights; tax issues; and discrimination.