As you age, you may realize that there are many legal documents you need to complete. You need to create a will, an estate plan and may want to design a trust. You want to protect your assets and avoid losing them because of needing nursing care. Yes, there are many things to think about, which is why you may want to work with an elder law attorney.
An elder law attorney's job is to help you understand ways to protect yourself and your assets as you age. Your attorney may be able to help you apply for benefits, too. These attorneys are specialized in elder law, helping people make the right decisions to protect themselves and their loved ones as they age.
Elder law attorneys can do many things for you. They are familiar with all aspects of elder law including creating a durable power of attorney, planning for guardianship issues, choosing long-term care facilities and managing costs associated with assisted living, drafting wills, advance directives and other long-term planning documents and providing help with patient rights, Medicare and other financial needs.
What should you expect if you work with an elder law attorney?
You should expect to learn more about elder law, first of all. Your attorney may ask you for a series of documents including information on your assets and beneficiaries. You may need to provide tax returns and other financial information to your attorney to help him or her create a good estate plan for your needs.
Our site has more information on elder law and what you should do to protect yourself as you age.