What is Elder Law?
The practice of Elder Law is an emerging specialty that encompasses a broad understanding of aging and the law, and the interaction between the varied issues which may affect the elderly. Quite often a client initially meets with Attorney Conforti for the purpose of discussing a simple will. During the consultation, Attorney Conforti and the client may discover more issues to consider. For example:
- What will happen to the client’s home and assets if she/he becomes incapacitated?
- Should probate avoidance be a goal?
- Who will look after an adult special needs child?
- What arrangements can be made for a well spouse if the other spouse needs long term nursing home care?
When may it be helpful to consult an Elder Law attorney?
The situations in which an Elder Law attorney may be helpful are numerous and include:
- Durable Powers of Attorney
- Health Care Surrogate Designations
- Planning for Long Term Care and Medicaid
- Residential Alternatives
- Special Needs Trusts for Disabled Individuals
- Trusts – Revocable and Irrevocable
- Preventing and Correcting Abuse, Exploitation or Neglect of an Elderly Person