An experienced legal professional who specializes in Elder matters will be able to deal with legal cases much quicker than the average person, and quite possibly, help you save a lot of money and headaches in the long run. They can ensure that the elder’s last will and testament will be carried out and that its contents are accurate to the elderly person’s wishes. They can ensure that their rights are defended in regards to their living situation, end-of-life plans, or if they are being abused (financially or physically, among other ways) because of their vulnerable state. Dealing with the affairs of an aging or disabled person can be an emotional experience, but a good lawyer will be able to help you get through this time by taking care of the paperwork and legal issues so that you don’t have to worry about that too.
How to Choose an Elder Law Attorney
First, you must check if the attorney has the license to practice in the state you are living in, they must have at least 5 years of experience in their field and certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). Elder Law Attorneys need to pass a certificate examination. One can easily check a lawyer’s credentials online to see if they are registered Elder Law Attorneys in the state you are in. Medicaid & Elder Law lawyers address a broad spectrum of needs therefore you will want someone with experience in what you are seeking. Discuss your case with your intended lawyer and ask them what they can offer; what conditions the elderly person is facing; if they have faced a similar case before and how that turned out; and finally their fees. It is important you know how your lawyer will charge you and when. Some lawyers will charge per meeting, weekly, monthly, have a retainer’s fee, or have package deals. You should also ask about miscellaneous costs such as runner’s fees, court fees, paperwork fees, or any additional expenses that may come up. Needless to say, if you are choosing an attorney for a loved one, they should be able to get along well with them. The attorney should be patient, compassionate, and understanding of their clients’ needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you should be open to your lawyer and disclose any concerns you have about the situation.