According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 51 million Americans are currently aged 65 or older, and the number is steadily increasing. While medical and technological advancements are allowing seniors to live longer and better lives than ever before, the expanding needs of the US aging population are contributing to an increase in the complexity and availability of federal government senior assistance programs.
Every senior has a unique set of circumstances that establish parameters to navigate a successful aging plan. The best way to determine what your plan should be is to retain the counsel of an experienced elder law attorney.
What Is an Elder Law Attorney?
An elder law attorney is an attorney who focuses on the legal needs of seniors, Veterans, and adults with special needs. Elder law is a specialization that has only been around for about twenty-five years and was born out of necessity. With life expectancy increasing, people are dealing with rising health care costs and an increase in debilitating diseases like dementia, among other issues that affect aging members of our society. Even with government aid, those who require long-term care can quickly find themselves overwhelmed by the costs. Many seniors burn through their entire life savings, unable to leave behind a financial legacy for loved ones as they had intended. In the worst situations, seniors can become a monetary burden on their families.
Fortunately, through Medicaid planning and asset protection, your elder law attorney can help you avoid many of the financial pitfalls that happen later in life.
How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?
Elder law attorneys can facilitate the establishment of a medical power of attorney, create advanced health care directives, or aid in the selection process of the right long-term care facility while assisting with structuring the financial resources that cover the cost of that care. Those resources may include maintaining eligibility for Medicaid or Veterans’ benefits while protecting the senior’s assets for themselves and their legacy. Elder law attorneys also help Veterans obtain the benefits entitled to Veterans and/or their spouses. They fight for the Veteran and help guide them on available benefits.
If your aging loved one suffers from dementia or another debilitating disease, an elder law attorney can help create a guardianship to make sure your loved one and their assets are looked after. Furthermore, the power of attorney helps you advocate for their wishes, including those regarding important medical decisions, after they can no longer advocate for themselves.
An elder law attorney can also help Veterans, elders, and special needs people and their families to fight abuse and fraud. Unfortunately, all of these groups are targets for scams, from health insurance schemes to reverse mortgage fraud. Such crimes can be devastating to the victims, especially the elderly who are left in a vulnerable position with little time remaining to them to recoup their losses.
Elders and adults with special needs can even find themselves in situations where they are abused or exploited. It is important for the clients and their families to know they can turn to an elder law attorney for help in finding justice in these Elder Abuse Law situations. When it comes to protecting society’s most vulnerable populations, having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can make all the difference in your loved one’s life.
Brandon Wagner – The Elder Care Attorney Who Goes Above and Beyond
Elder Law Attorney Brandon Wagner works with seniors and their families here in Clarkston, MI, to strategize the best course of action for their future. At Wagner Law, we know that the work we do will have a lasting impact on not only your life, but the lives of your friends and family members as well. That’s why, from the moment you contact our legal team, you and your loved one will receive incomparable personal attention so that you can make important decisions regarding care and finances with confidence.
When it comes to planning for the future and meeting the needs of your loved ones, there is nothing more important than creating a suitable plan for your family with the guidance of an experienced attorney. In our years of practicing, we’ve found that every case is unique. Our compassionate legal representation can provide you peace of mind through customized solutions suited to your particular circumstances. At Wagner Law, we’ve dedicated our practice to helping you and your family plan for major life events while protecting the things that matter most to you.
If you need an attorney who specializes in elder law, please reach out to schedule a complimentary consultation.