What is Elder Law?
Elder Law is defined by the client the attorney
represents. The client is a senior citizen, who
has a range of needs, legal and practical. The
range of services offered by an elder law attorney
depends on the law firm. The various services that
could be offered by an elder law attorney include:
- Medicaid Asset Protection / Avoidance of Spousal
- Medicaid and PASSPORT Application Filing
Planning, including Trusts and Administration of Trusts
- Durable Financial Powers of Attorney
- Advanced Directives
Administration and Probation of Estate
- Medicare and Social Security Claims
For a complete listing and explanation of Elder Law
NAELA Questions & Answers webpage. Not every
attorney will offer every service.
What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?
A Certified Elder Law Attorney is an active, licensed
attorney in good who has practiced for more than five
years. This attorney continues his/her education
in elder law issues, has to pass a full-day
certification exam, and must have three references from
his/her peers who also are a certified attorney. A
certified elder law attorney stays up-to-date on the
ever-changing regulations and laws that influence the
seniors of today. (NELF, 2008)
For more information on the certified elder law
attorney, please visit the
National Elder Law
Foundation. NELF is the organization that
oversees the certification process.