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What Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?

Elder law attorneys are specialists within the practice of estate planning. Their focus is on helping aging seniors or disabled adults with a variety of legal matters. These matters include planning for long term medical costs, qualifying for Medicaid, protecting assets and drafting legal documents like a living will or DNR. 

Elder law attorneys handle the unique issues that older adults face in planning to age with dignity. Attorneys specializing in Elder law understand how to legally protect complicated and high net worth estates from rising nursing home costs. They can also help seniors pay for assisted living facilities and end of life planning.

They’re able to handle sensitive family issues and work with adult children to fulfil the potentially challenging needs of the senior.   

Elder law attorneys help educate seniors and provide legal assistance the following practice areas:

  1. Medicaid Planning
  2. Living Wills and Trusts
  3. Estate Planning
  4. Power of Attorney Drafting
  5. Long-term Health Care Planning
  6. Veterans Benefit Planning
  7. Special Needs Planning
  8. Guardianship

Instead of using multiple lawyers who specialize in each of these areas, elder law attorneys bring their expertise in each of these areas to specialize in serving and advising you.

What Can an Elder Law Attorney Do For You

As you age there are unique issues that arise need to prepare for. An elder law attorney can help you with planning before a crisis hits and leaves your family in a vulnerable position financially.

Here are 6 ways an elder law attorney can help:

  1. Provide local resources to families that help seniors locate assisted living facilities, long term care facilities or skilled nursing facilities to meet the client’s specific needs.  
  2. Educate seniors on the rights they have when entering a nursing home and options they have to file a claim if they’re being mistreated. 
  3. Provide guidance in selecting the proper guardian for their specific circumstance.
  4. Drafting a durable power of attorney
  5. Help educate the entire family on preventing crisis planning and the importance of special needs planning, living wills, avoiding probate and health care planning.
  6. Provide fiduciary services for proper financial planning, and ensure proper handling of medical and financial situations should the senior become mentally incapacitated.  

Is an Elder Law Attorney Right for You?

Most elder law attorneys start as estate planning attorneys that saw the incredible desire seniors have to be educated and navigate the complicated world of Medicaid planning and paying for nursing homes without spending down assets. So it’s important to hire an attorney who has experience in your particular area of concern, with a history of helping seniors and their families. 

You want to feel comfortable with your attorney. It’s important they make you feel that they have your best interest in mind and to represent you and your loved ones with dignity.

An elder law attorney is not just for older adults. If you find yourself in any of these life circumstances, you may need an elder attorney to help you plan for the future if you:

  1. Own real estate
  2. Own one or more businesses
  3. You’re recently divorced
  4. Been married twice or more
  5. Hold substantial assets in 401(k)s and IRAs
  6. Have minor children
  7. Care for a disabled family member
  8. Have an incapacitated spouse in need of long-term care

We Represent Seniors Located in South Florida

If you need expert legal advice or services in South Florida, The Siegel Law Group is the elder law firm for you. With offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Miami, The Siegel Law Group has a location conveniently located near you.

At The Siegel Law Group, we treat our clients like family. Check out Managing Partner Barry Siegel, who’s been a part of the Boca Raton community since 1998.

We offer a free consultation for anyone looking to learn more about our elder law services. We want to educate Florida’s seniors on all the options available to them and give them the peace of mind they deserve. You can schedule a free consultation by contacting us here.

The founder of The Siegel Law Group, P.A., Barry is a driven attorney with a passion to make people’s lives better and simpler. He counsels both individuals and families on diverse issues, like: • Trust and Estate Planning and Asset Protection (using both domestic and foreign strategies) • Elder Law Planning • Medicaid Planning • Veterans Benefits • Special Needs Planning


  • Marie D. Brune
    Reply October 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    An Elder Law Attorney is aware of the real-life problems.

  • Elder Law Attorney
    Reply June 1, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful question,

    An Elder Law attorney specializes in how to best use their knowledge to fit the needs of seniors. for example the “Mental health law”, The Elder Law is defined by the client to be served.

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