What is elder law?

Elder law is really a unique practice area. It combines a number of different legal issues to help older adults and their families address the issues which come up in the aging process. Typically, elder law attorneys will go beyond just traditional legal advice and really act as a referral source for their clients. They want to be a resource to assist them with the aging process. They may be giving them advice on issues which do involve legal complications, like Medicaid, Medicare, advance directives, and healthcare issues or planning for incapacity, but they could also be connecting them with community resources to assist them with finding a proper placement as they age for housing, determining what community resources can be brought in to keep the individual independent as long as possible, and really assist them in matching resources to meet that older adult’s needs so that they can age in place and remain autonomous and independent for as long as possible.