According to projections from the United States Census Bureau, the percentage of the population aged 65 or older will double by 2050. This roughly translates to every one in five Americans being considered elderly. This rapid growth in the elder population comes at a time of rising healthcare costs, volatility in retirement and pension funds, and increasing cases of elder fraud and abuse. No one likes to think about aging. But, whether you are a senior with general concerns about long-term care or one who is experiencing a financial or medical emergency, advance planning is imperative.
Elder Law focuses on the legal issues that impact the lives of older persons and their families, including access to and the financing of medical and personal care, taxation, capacity (including guardianship and conservatorship), and estate planning and administration. Elder Law attorneys are unique because they understand the specialized needs of the senior population and the challenges that attend the aging process. Because of their broad knowledge base, Elder Law attorneys are able to more thoroughly address the legal needs of their clients in a way general practitioners cannot.
Because the actions taken by older people with regard to a single matter may have unintended, but far-reaching, legal consequences, it is important for senior citizens and their families and caretakers to seek the counsel of an experienced Elder Law Attorney whenever a legal issue arises. Soliciting the counsel of an experienced Elder Law Attorney will ensure the needs of you or a loved one, related to disability, estate planning and administration, and retirement benefits, are met.