How to Find an Elder Care Lawyer

By The Care Centers.

Whether your elderly loved one is moving into a nursing home, considering retirement communities, having to think about hospice care or simply preparing for the future, it is vital to consider hiring an attorney. However, it is important to not just hire any lawyer, but to choose one who has experience with elder law specifically. This is important for very good reasons. Elder law covers quite a few specific issues that only an experienced attorney will understand. Additionally, there are different laws that surround the rights of an elderly person who is living in a nursing home. Finally, there are different laws surrounding the use of Medicare. All of this can be confusing, and that’s why it simply makes sense to hire an attorney who has experience with these laws specifically. 

Some of the things that can be covered in elder law include 

  • Transfer of Assets
  • Medicare Claims
  • Social Security Claims
  • Health Insurance Issues
  • Taxes
  • Disability
  • Estate Planning
  • Administration of Estates
  • Nursing Homes
  • Nursing Home Issues
  • Housing Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Age Discrimination
  • Health Law

The right attorney will be able to handle these issues properly. So, how do you find a legal representative you can count on?

Elder Attorneys Specifically

To begin with, look for attorneys who specialize in elder care specifically. Don’t hire a general attorney because they may have only dabbled in elder law and they may not have the full experience that you will want when hiring them. 

Experience

Of course, one of the first things you should do is discuss the attorney’s experience with them. You need to know that they have handled elder care cases in the past. Additionally, you will want to find out about their past cases as far as outcomes as well. Just because an attorney has handled elder care law before doesn’t mean they have necessarily been successful with it, so be sure to discuss this. 

Recommendations

It never hurts to get recommendations as well. Find out who other people have used and find out what those people thought about their attorneys. You can get a real idea of how easy the lawyer is to work with and how well they communicate when you talk to past clients because they are most likely going to be honest and open with you. In fact, this is probably one of the best ways to get real and helpful information about an attorney before you choose one.  

If you have an elderly loved one who needs help, whether with a nursing home or with anything else pertaining to elder law, then be sure to hire an attorney. You simply need someone who understands the laws in order to handle things properly, and you certainly don’t want to handle the laws on your own or you could make a mistake. This is especially true of legal documents for your elderly loved ones. If you want to learn more about documents your loved one will need, then read this article on power of attorney (Legal Checklist before Entering a Nursing Home) and this one on wills and trusts (Five Things to Keep in Mind about Trusts). 


Tags: Geriatric care