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Jul 10

When should I see an Elder Law attorney versus a general law practice?

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That's a good question. According to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, "Elder law and special needs planning includes ... planning for incapacity and long-term care, Medicaid and Medicare coverage (including coverage of nursing home and home care), health and long-term care insurance, and health care decision-making. It also includes drafting of special needs and other trusts, the selection of long-term care providers, home care and nursing home problem solving, retiree health and income benefits, retirement housing, and fiduciary services or representation." Anyone facing those issues should seek an elder law attorney. However, an elder law attorney can also help an aging person without those immediate issues, because she can point out potential pitfalls in the future.

Using the right specialist makes a huge difference in planning. As a Social Worker, I have experienced people with poorly crafted documents (incomplete or lacking in specific items) which would have been addressed had they seen the right person. It is definitely worth the extra effort to meet the right professional.

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