The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to older Americans and individuals with special needs, established May as National Elder Law Month as a way to educate people with disabilities, seniors and their families about their legal options in dealing with long-term and health care planning, Medicaid, Medicare, elder abuse, fraud, estate planning, and other important issues.
In November, Jo Rosen, President and Founder of Parkinson’s Resource Organization was awarded NAELA’s National Elder Leadership Award recognizing her selfless leadership to help people with Parkinson’s and their families gain understanding of the legal issues and benefits available when dealing with a chronic illness like Parkinson’s. According to Ms. Rosen, “It is crucial to assist people with Parkinson’s and their families in finding legal services and resources to improve their quality of life.”
What is Elder and Special Needs Law? Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas of law that involve representing, counseling, and assisting people with disabilities, seniors, and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals. Typically, Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys address the client’s perspective from a holistic viewpoint by addressing legal, medical, financial, social and family issues.
What Are the Issues Addressed By Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys? Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys advise clients about what they should consider with regard to retirement income, long-term care, lifestyle and housing needs, and preferences. In addition, wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney for property and health and insurance coverage are issues that seniors should discuss with Elder Law attorneys.
All too often, Americans wait to deal with these issues in times of crisis, rather than working with an Elder or Special Needs Law attorney before the crisis occurs. By planning ahead and looking to the future, seniors and people with special needs can ensure a better quality of life and that they have the services and support they need as they get older.
Learning about the various services and government programs that are available to the elderly and persons with disabilities is a daunting task, and Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys are uniquely positioned to provide the expertise needed to navigate a complex web of rules and regulations
Who Are the Clients of Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys? In addition to seniors, Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys deal with the entire life spectrum. From people with disabilities to those facing the end of life, Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys promote planning now for the future.
The value and importance of National Elder Law Month is that it not only highlights the legal issues unique to us as we age; it also empowers consumers with information on selecting a skilled, compassionate and knowledgeable attorney to work with them
About Elder and Special Needs Law Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.
Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) is launching its invitational campaign to Elder Law Attorneys throughout the United States to join the WELLNESS VILLAGE so that the PRO constituents can find the legal help they need in planning for their future or helping them through their current legal/financial crisis.
If you are in New York, we are proud to invite you to consider being in touch with Attorney Ronald Fatoullah.
If you are in California please consider being in touch with Attorney William R. Remery.
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