How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help Caregivers
While an elder law attorney typically works with seniors directly, they can also help family caregivers take care of their loved ones and explain how to plan for the future. Because elder law encompasses many areas of law, these specialized attorneys will be able to help you with the following: Advise What's Best One of the things many families struggle with is the type of care they want for their loved one. An elder law attorney can advise what is best without the influence of emotions. They can help implement strategies to ensure your loved one is cared for and protected. Develop a Long-Term Care Plan Elder law attorneys see every type of medical and financial situations that a family and their loved one may be dealing with so they know what may lie ahead. They will help focus on the issues and struggles that families are facing, what kind of care is required, and whether the loved one will need long-term care or be able to stay at home. They will then look at steps to help protect the assets of your loved one. Create a Durable Power of Attorney If there isn't a durable power of attorney yet, they will help your loved one appoint someone to handle financial, medical, and other important decisions on their behalf if they become unable to do so themselves. If your loved one is already incapacitated and there is no durable power of attorney, they can commence guardianship proceedings so you or another guardian can handle your loved one’s affairs. Help with Medicaid Many elder law attorneys are familiar with Medicaid and can assist you in how to be eligible and apply for such benefits. They may also be able to give you information regarding veteran’s benefits and other governmental resources. Protect Assets An elder law attorney will be able to identify and alert family members if they believe financial exploitation has occurred. Not everyone will recognize this, but an attorney is trained to see these things. Answer Questions If your loved one needs help, an elder law will listen to your situation and provide advice that is best for your loved one, although it may not always be the advice the family wants to hear. However, it will always be what is best, given the situation. Bottom Line If you are a senior who needs help in these areas, please contact an elder law attorney. We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you and your family.