Legal Minute with Michaelson Law: National Elder Law Month
May is National Elder Law Month
In May, we celebrate National Elder Law Month to raise awareness of the legal issues that affect seniors. Elder law is a specialized area of law that focuses on the legal needs of older adults, including estate planning, long-term care planning, and guardianship.
Why is elder law important for seniors?
As we age, we may face a number of legal challenges, such as:
How to protect our assets from creditors and predators
How to make sure we have access to the care we need
How to make sure our wishes are carried out after we die
An elder law attorney can help us navigate these challenges and protect our rights.
What can an elder law attorney do for me?
An elder law attorney can help you with a variety of legal issues, including:
Estate planning: An elder law attorney can help you create a will, power of attorney, and living will. These documents will ensure that your wishes are carried out after you die.
Long-term care planning: An elder law attorney can help you understand your options for long-term care, such as nursing homes, assisted living, and home health care. They can also help you apply for government benefits to help pay for long-term care.
Guardianship: If you become incapacitated, you may need a guardian to make decisions on your behalf. An elder law attorney can help you choose a guardian and make sure that your wishes are followed.
If you are a senior, or if you know a senior who may need legal help, please contact an elder law attorney. This video is part of Michaelson Law’s ongoing series, Legal Minute with Michaelson Law.