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What is an Elder Law Attorney?

Posted by Anthony Serra | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hands of an elderly woman folded on her lap

Elder Law is unique in that unlike other practice areas that focus on a particular type of law (like matrimonial, patent or persona injury), Elder Law focuses on a certain group of people – the elderly. After all, the elderly have different and more specialized needs than younger adults.

Elder Law encompasses more than estate planning 

Elder Law certainly encompasses basic estate and financial planning, but it also involves a full range of issues including advocacy for an elderly person, assisting the family and the elderly person to plan for future care, transitioning into a care facility, reviewing care facility admission agreements, guardianship, addressing disability issues and maximizing government benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veteran's benefits.

 An Elder Law attorney should be skilled in mediation and resolving familial conflict

Another area in which an Elder Law attorney needs to be skilled is helping families resolve and mediate conflicts over how best to accommodate aging parents. In many cases, little is discussed while parents and grandparents are healthy and self-sufficient, but when that changes and parents become more dependent on their children, this new dynamic catches many families off guard and this can lead to familial conflict which, if not addressed early on, can lead to unnecessary alienation of vital family members and even protracted (and expensive) litigation. This can be avoided in many cases by bringing in an experienced Elder Law attorney who has the knowledge base to offer options for the family and help introduce other professionals with whom the family can work in developing an acceptable care plan such as a Geriatric Care Manager.

About the Author

Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  


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