"Elder law" is often defined as legal work focused on helping older individuals and their loved ones with wills, trusts, powers of attorney documents, healthcare power of attorney documents and living wills. As an estate planning attorney, I explain and prepare these documents routinely.
In my experience, however, the phrase “elder law” is more often invoked when individuals and their loved ones seek legal advice — whether for a person who is elderly or someone who is disabled — with respect to:
I frequently answer my clients’ questions about long term care planning, elder abuse or neglect, eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid generally, and the legal aspects of assisted living and nursing home facilities. Serious problems with abuse and neglect are usually investigated and handled primarily by intervention of state or county agencies or organizations. Although I do not prepare Medicaid applications, I can assist you in finding a competent attorney skilled in counseling individuals about the complex Medicaid rules and in preparing the forms necessary to qualify for Medicaid.
I invite you to contact me for more information about elder law services for yourself or a loved one. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, I work with clients in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.