SENIOR SOURCE SUNDAY 10 Questions To Ask An Eldercare Attorney

SENIOR SOURCE SUNDAY 10 Questions To Ask An Eldercare Attorney

Aging has its positives.  And negatives.  Our entire adult life is spent making our own life decisions--well, because we are adults.  That's why it is so hard to know that at some point this might change and we might reach a point where we may not be able to make our own decisions.  There are many resources out there to assist "seniors" if this should occur--or even if you would just like some assistance .  By the way, don't be afraid of the term "senior"--it is actually begins at a quite a young age, AND you start to get a bunch of discounts--whoohoo!!  When can I sign up?! 


A great resource for seniors is an Eldercare Attorney--but there are so many.  How do you choose?  By asking the below questions.  As always, feel free to reach out to me if you would like some guidance, or have any real estate questions.  Besides having worked at a senior living development company, I am also Senior Real Estate Specialist certified and have a lot of experience working with "seniors."  www.michelleforemanrealtor.com or michelleforemanrealtor@gmail.com


 

Elder law attorneys cover a wide variety of legal areas, potentially including guardianship, long-term care planning, knowledge of government benefit programs, powers of attorney, estate planning, advance medical directives, elder abuse issues, tax law, retirement and pensions, asset protection, trust planning and contract law.


The American Bar Association (the governing professional association for lawyers in the United States) has approved the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF.org) as the only certifying organization for Elder Law Attorneys in the U.S. At this time, there are just over 400 Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) nationwide.


Other attorneys also cover some or all aspects of elder law, but you may need to do some research to identify one who meets your needs. Start by asking your Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES)


Once a potential attorney(s) has been identified, request an appointment(s) to learn more about their services and ask questions:


  1. Why do I need an elder law attorney?

  2. How many years have you focused your practice on elder law Issues?

  3. Why did you choose elder law?

  4. How many clients have you had in the past five years with needs similar to mine?

  5. What was the most challenging aspect of those cases and what were the outcomes?

  6. What percentage of your annual caseload involves elder law issues?

  7. What elder law issues do you handle most often? Least often?

  8. Are you accredited by the VA to handle Veteran’s claims and how many do you file annually?

  9. What are your fees? (Be sure to get a fee schedule in writing.)

  10. Can you provide references?


Since elder law attorneys need to be knowledgeable and experienced in multiple areas of the law, you should choose a lawyer who has been in business for several years and has gained experience in all the areas you need now and may need in the future.


info taken from seniorsrealestate.com


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