April 14, 2022
The quality of care you or a loved one receives becomes increasingly important as one grows older. Therefore, it becomes necessary at some point to make plans for the future to ensure that your needs and desires are met.
When that time comes, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced elder law attorney so that the process of planning for the future is as stress-free as possible for all involved parties. A knowledgeable lawyer can be important in ensuring your or a loved one’s well-being.
An elder law attorney works with seniors, taking a holistic approach to the legal issues that arise as people age. Housing, physical and financial health, estate planning, and other problems are among them. Because everyone’s life circumstances are different, there are as many challenges as there are seniors. Therefore, an attorney specializing in the wide range of issues senior citizens face can be a wise investment.
Importance of Having an Elder Law Attorney
Elder law attorneys provide overarching coordination for seniors’ financial, legal, and healthcare decisions. Many seniors and their families fail to plan for long-term care, resulting in them running out of money or being unable to secure appropriate care.
Seniors and their families should get legal advice well before the need for a long-term care plan for a loved one arise so that they may plan for the type of care they want and how it will be paid for. While an elder law attorney cannot be an expert in all areas of a senior’s plan, they can work with other specialists when more specialized knowledge is required.
A tailored approach is vital to success when it comes to long-term care. Every situation is different, and no one has the same requirements (especially regarding long-term care and asset management). An elder law attorney will consult with you to decide the best course of action for you or your loved one’s assets.
Helps You Understand Long-Term Care Options
The cost of long-term care can be substantial, and figuring out how to pay for it can be stressful. An elder law attorney can assist you in understanding Medicaid and Medicare benefits, for example, as these plans can be complicated for those unfamiliar with them. In addition, a qualified elder care attorney should be able to recommend and explain various long-term care insurance plan options.
Provides Assistance in Caring for Assets
Typically, an individual’s assets, such as their house and finances, are passed down to family members or loved ones. However, if these assets are not correctly handled, they could end up in the wrong hands, causing future heirs extra anguish. If you choose to use Medicaid, an elder law attorney can assist you with the asset or estate planning while also ensuring you meet all of the requirements.
The attorney will guide you and be your guardian to know your rights.
When you reach the age of 61 and nine months, you can apply for Social Security benefits. The full retirement age for Social Security is currently 67. An elder law attorney can help guarantee that you receive the right amount of benefits based on your condition if you receive disability benefits before that age or become disabled after you reach full retirement age.
According to the Age Discrimination Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your age. The Act covers anyone above the age of 40. If you work or are looking for work and believe you are being discriminated against because of your age, an elder law attorney can help you evaluate your claim and take effective steps to correct the problem.
Abuse of the elderly can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and financial mistreatment. It can also happen if you are abandoned or neglected. You deserve to be protected and cared for, but getting out of those situations is difficult, and it often takes another loved one noticing and intervening to put an end to the abuse. Elder law attorneys can assist in contacting the proper authorities, attempting to recoup some of the lost finances, or assisting in placing you or a loved one in a secure environment.
Seek Assistance Today
Elder Law attorneys who have practiced elder law can help their clients focus during the process and point out things that clients are likely to miss because they have years of expertise, knowledge, and experience. They can also recommend solutions that will assist clients.
The Khashan Law Firm sets the standard for protecting our elderly and dependent people from neglect and abuse, led by skilled and aggressive trial lawyers with over 25 years of combined experience.
Khashan Law’s Elder Law attorneys help elders and their family members in Southern California fight for their rights. As a result, they are adequately compensated for elder abuse and nursing home abuse such as dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, broken bones, wrongful death, and other forms of abuse and neglect.
Our aggressive trial lawyers have deep compassion for victims of elder abuse and nursing home negligence and neglect and seek justice for them as this is a complicated area of law.
Please call us today at (951) 461-2387 for a free, confidential consultation.