As we age, our family members and loved ones age as well. If you are lucky, you will have parents, grandparents or other family members who are still around to enjoy their golden years. The golden years, however, can be fraught with medical, emotional and even legal issues that may require the assistance of an elder law attorney.
Elder law is a relatively new term within the legal field and refers to a broad area of issues that may face the elderly and those who care for them. If you are the loved one or caregiver of an elderly person, you may need the advice of an elder law attorney for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, the elderly suffer from elder abuse at an astounding rate. The good news is that most states have laws specifically aimed at protecting the elderly. If you are concerned about the care an elderly loved one is receiving by a home care giver or facility, you may need to speak to an elder law attorney.
Additional concerns may require you to seek the advice of an elder law attorney such as concerns about your elderly loved one’s ability to continue caring for himself or herself or to make decisions. As we age, we sometimes lose the ability to think clearly which can lead to dangerous consequences if not recognized by a loved one. You may have to make the difficult decision to step in an seek guardianship or conservatorship of your loved one in order to prevent something disastrous from happening.