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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 Impoverishment
  • Medicaid and PASSPORT Application Filing
  • Estate Planning, including Trusts and Administration of Trusts
  • Durable Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Directives
  • Guardianships
  • Estate Administration and Probation of Estate
  • Medicare and Social Security Claims
  • Elder Abuse

For a complete listing and explanation of Elder Law visit 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.

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