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Elder law is the area of law, statutes, regulations and decisions, which impact on the lives of older Americans and their families. It encompasses such areas as long-term care and nursing home care; Medicaid and asset protection planning; Medicare, managed care, and payment for health care; Social Security and retirement income planning; disability planning; housing options, such as assisted-living and residential homes for the aged; financial and health care decision-making through the use of durable powers of attorney; end-of-life decision-making through the use of living wills and advance directives; probate and estates; revocable living trusts and wills; and so forth.
Elder Law is one of the fastest growing areas of law. With 80 million baby boomers moving into their "golden years," and one person attaining age 50 every seven seconds, there is a great demand for information. In addition, many of the entitlements, such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and "health care reform," are being driven at the federal level. It takes a elder law attorney committed to practice primarily in this area of law to stay on top of the most current changes in legislation.
For issues like elder abuse, fraud recovery and various forms of neglect, you'll need a qualified Elder law attorney. However, there are a variety of other reasons in which consulting with a Lead Counsel Elder Law Attorney could save you and your loved ones a lot of money, grief and legal hassles, including: