An elder law attorney is an invaluable asset when you’re caring for your elderly parents.
One of the most frustrating things you could go through is having to navigate our local network of care, legal issues, care coordination and other tasks, alone.
Over the years, as the number of older people has increased in our country. Today, people are living well into their nineties or over 100, the importance of legal representation and advocacy for those older people has grown.
The definition of elder law
According to FindLaw the definition of elder law is:
Elder law is a legal practice area specializing in issues faced by senior citizens, such as age-related health concerns; long-term care and housing; wills and trusts; Social Security and retirement; and elder abuse.
There are many areas of law that an elder law attorney can assist you and your parents with. These include estate planning, wills, trusts, trust administration, powers of attorney, elder abuse and fraud, advance directives for healthcare, guardianship and conservatorship, nursing homes, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and others.
Why you need an elder law attorney
If that list above wasn’t enough, the main reason you want one of these law professionals on your team is they can help guide you through the legal obstacles of caring for your parents.
Just as we can help you understand and coordinate all the services and assistance your parent needs to age in place, they will help you map out all of the legal steps you and your parent(s) will have to take over time. Then, be there to assist you through each one. Their knowledge and service are irreplaceable to your family.
Local elder law assistance
As part of our service to local and long-distance caregivers, we can connect you with vetted and trusted elder law attorneys in the NW Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro, OR areas.
These legal professionals can help you get the answers you need. They can help you learn what you’ll need to know about money, healthcare, their home or other areas of concern. Then, discuss with you and your parents the steps you’ll need to take.