May is designated as National Elder Law Month by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The name suggests some relationship with older people, but what exactly is “elder law?”
Elder law is a specialized area of legal practice addressing a wide range of issues affecting the aging population and their families. Some of these issues include:
- Estate planning
- Asset protection planning
- Long-term care planning
- Medicaid issues
- Elder abuse – financial
- Elder abuse – physical/emotional
- Estate Administration
The “graying” of America as the baby boomer generation heads into their golden years coupled with increased life expectancies has made elder law a fast-growing area of legal practice. It is a specialty where a broad range of factors come into play - legal, financial, physical, emotional and practical considerations. The goal is to preserve an elderly client’s autonomy, safety and well-being as allowed within the specific circumstances.
Elder law is unique in that very few will escape dealing with at least some of these issues during their lifetime. If not for themselves, then to address these matters for the benefit of a spouse, parent or other loved one. Ultimately, the aging process touches us all.
Countless organizations provide information and resources to help individuals meet these demands. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and The Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA) have paved the way providing support for both attorneys and the general public.
Elder law challenges can be especially difficult because of their personal nature, but you do not have to face it alone. If you need an attorney to help you navigate these issues, a Certified Elder Law Attorney “CELA” is an ideal choice. Attorneys with this designation have met rigorous and time-consuming criteria. In Pennsylvania, visit www.paela.info to find a certified elder law attorney near you.
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