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How much do elder care attorneys charge?
Most elder attorneys charge on an hourly basis, so as rates vary, so will your costs. Also, the complexity of the case and time spent on it will naturally increase your costs. To better understand the financials of hiring an elder care attorney, set up a consultation to have them go through the costs of your potential case. Some elder care attorneys might even offer free consultations to help those on fixed incomes or limited budgets.
When is the best time to hire an elder care attorney?
The best time to hire an elder attorney depends on the circumstances. When making or documenting a living will, trust, or power of attorney, or dealing with the estate, you might need to hire an elder law attorney. When dealing with social security, Medicaid claims and benefits, or when experiencing elder abuse or fraud, it is important to seek help if you cannot handle these issues. Nursing care resident rights and financial fraud are also huge issues that can necessitate the hiring of an elder abuse attorney.
What is considered elder abuse?
Elder abuse is any mistreatment or exploitation of senior citizens. Elder abuse can range from physical and emotional harm, to financial abuse or mistreatment, and even abandonment. Often elders fall victim to financial scams--be it from strangers or family members. Emotional and psychological abuse can be common among senior citizens and can include verbal assaults, intimidation, and harassment. Sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonment are also forms of elder abuse.
What is a certified elder law attorney?
A certified elder law attorney has been certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) as a practitioner of elder and special needs law. Certified elder law attorneys have a demonstrated expertise in elder law, must pass rigorous testing, and maintain continued education programs to stay current on laws and trends in elder law practice. NELF is an organization recognized and certified by the American Bar Association.
What is an elder law attorney?
An elder law attorney specializes in issues that most often affect older people or senior citizens. They can include estate planning, wills and trusts, making arrangements for social security and retirement benefits, and care and housing (especially if they are in hospice or a senior home). It also covers elder abuse (physical, emotional, financial). Elder law attorneys have specific knowledge and experience in dealing with these types of cases and issues.