While most lawyers in specialized fields focus on a distinct area of the law, an elder law attorney is focused on serving the distinct needs of a specific client. Elder law attorneys provide counsel for the unique requirements of older clients and their loved ones. They serve as advocates for the rights of seniors, and assist in navigating the federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. They must be cognizant of the entirety of available assistance, both government and private, and knowledgeable of any laws that pertain to the civil rights and well-being of seniors.
An elder law attorney is not to be confused with an estate planning lawyer even though the two interests often overlap. Estate planning primarily concentrates on the distribution of assets after death, while Elder law targets the preservation of assets for personal benefit and care while the person is living. Most often, elder law attorneys are also accomplished at estate planning. A reputable elder law attorney will assess and protect a client’s legal and financial situation, both present and future.
Elder law covers an extensive range of legal and financial matters that affect senior citizens and disabled people. The laws that govern the elderly are complex, vary from state to state, and are frequently subject to change. It is vitally important to choose a skilled attorney who stays acquainted with the ever-changing legal landscape. There are complicated questions associated with the lives of older adults, and the answers will be different for each unique individual. An elder law attorney must be well informed in many disciplines including, but not limited to:
- The preservation and transfer of assets
- Medicare & Medicaid compliance, claims & appeals
- Disability & Social Security benefits, claims & appeals
- Supplemental health & long-term care insurance
- Medicare & Medicaid claims & appeals
- Nursing Home / Long-Term Care
- Retirement plans & benefits
- Employment & housing Discrimination
- Elder Abuse & fraud
- Grandparent’s visitation rights
- Guardianship & Conservatorship
- Long term planning, documentation & advance directives including, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, Living Will, etc.
Hiring an Elder Law attorney can save you considerable amounts of precious time, thousands of dollars, and help avoid exposure to legal jeopardy. Perhaps most importantly, a skillful attorney will alleviate worry and contribute to your overall peace of mind. The attorneys and staff of King Law provide Elder Law services throughout Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Contact our office at 888-748-KING (5464), complete a request for consultation on our website or begin chatting with a member of our client service team.
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