By Roy Whited
A new specialty in legal practice, “elder law”, has emerged over the past few decades, in part in response to the needs of older people and their families. Retirees and senior citizens have some special laws and programs that apply only to them, and the laws that apply to us all may take on a new aspect when applied in the unique circumstances that the elderly face. The core areas for which elder law attorneys provide advice include:
Health and long-term care planning
Access to public benefits, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
Surrogate decision-making, including both medical and property management decisions
Older persons’ legal capacity
Wills, trusts, and estates
Although any attorney may include elder law advice in his or her practice, some are now becoming specialists in this field, and national organizations have been created for specialist certification. To achieve a specialist designation, an attorney must be able to help with insurance, housing, long-term care, employment, and retirement issues.
Cooper, Adel & Associates, LPA, a law firm working exclusively in the area of elder law have two such specialists – Thom L. Cooper, Certified Elder Law Attorney, founder of the firm, and Mitch J. Adel, Certified Elder Law Attorney and managing partner. Attorney Cooper was among the first group of attorneys to become certified as an elder law specialist and attorney Adel just recently received his certification.
The National Elder Law Foundation is approved by the American Bar Association and the National Elder Law Foundation. It is also approved by The Ohio Commission on Certification of attorneys as specialists.
Both Attorney Cooper and Attorney Adel offer a complementary one-hour consultation to those individuals who have an interest in learning more about elder law and what they can do to protect their families assets. Call 1-800-798-5297 today to schedule a free consultation.