Elder Care Attorney

Spring into Action – Why is it Important to Consult an Elder Care Lawyer?

March 8, 2022

You May Think, I Don’t Need to Worry About This Yet…

As a caretaker, you know that planning is vital every single day to ensure life runs smoothly for your senior loved one. So, how do you know when it is the right time to encourage consulting with a specialized elder care attorney? Answer: there is no reason to put off planning. Therefore, no time is too early.

Why wait until your loved one’s cognitive functioning becomes questionable? The best time to encourage your senior loved one to be pragmatic is when they are of sound mind. We know taking this step is emotionally challenging for you and them. Try to provide support by encouraging them to examine their values, and express their wishes. This will create peace of mind, since the people surrounding them will know exactly how they wish to be treated. Be kind to yourself, and remember that being met with resentment is only temporary. Ultimately, you are acting from a place of love, to ensure their well-being. 

Specific Ways an Elder Care Lawyer can Help 

Medical care, housing, and financial well-being are all aspects of life that contribute to being in a peaceful state of mind. If these things are uncertain, there is no way to be at peace in life. An elder care attorney can help you navigate these aspects, as they are specially trained in transitions in aging.

Some things an elder care attorney can assist your family with include: 

  • Assign a power of attorney or a health care proxy 
  • Detail wishes regarding pain management, medications, and organ donation
  • Help manage estates and trusts
  • Create Wills, Trusts, and Advance Directives 
  • Protect your Assets 
  • Deal with Medicare & Social Security appeals and claims
  • Help apply for Veteran Benefits 

Everyone’s story is unique and meeting with a specialist can provide insight to your particular situation. Many seniors have multiple care takes, and everyone has their own ideas on these matters. Sometimes it becomes hard to reach an agreement. Conversely, multiple options may seem overwhelming. A lawyer is able to provide you service by presenting an objective and unbiased look at the situation.  

If you have made it this far, you are probably wondering how to find a qualified attorney to help your loved one. Visit the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) to find a specialist in your city, or call us here at Sunways and we will get you connected with resources. 


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