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Elder law encompasses a very wide range of legal issues affecting senior citizens. Elder abuse is a very serious problem in the U.S. and many elder law attorneys focus on helping victims. Elder law attorneys also help older people plan and prepare for the best possible future for themselves and their loved ones. They can help you establish the proper plans and documents so that decisions will be made according to your wishes if you should become incapacitated in the future.
Elder Law Legal Issues
- Elder abuse
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Estate planning
- Medicaid planning
- Medicare claims and appeals
- Social security claims and appeals
- Long term care planning
- Housing issues
- Estate planning
- Employment age discrimination
- Retirement benefits
- Asset preservation planning
- Assisted living and nursing home residents’ rights
- Power of attorney for financial matters
- Power of attorney for healthcare
- Living wills
- Nursing home patient’s rights
- Mental health law
The elderly are among our most vulnerable citizens and far too often they are victims of abuse. Elder abuse includes:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
Abuse is often perpetrated by the very family members who are supposed to be caring for elderly loved ones. Caregivers who work in the home or facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also frequently the perpetrators of elder abuse.
The dynamics of the situation and the laws that apply can vary greatly depending on who is perpetrating the abuse, what type of abuse is occurring, and whether it is happening in the home or in a facility. If you suspect or know that your parent or another elderly loved one is being abused you do not have to stand by and let it continue.
An elder law attorney can explain your rights and responsibilities, which will depend on your unique situation, and help you out an end to elder abuse. In some cases, your elderly loved one may be entitled to substantial compensation for the harm they have suffered. If you have lost a loved one to elder abuse, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.
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