What is Elder Law??

South Carolina Elder Law Attorney, Mitchell Paine, recently shared the following thoughts on my Elder Care Matters Website. What is elder law? It is a question I am often asked and I think my colleague, Mr. Paine, gives an extraordinary answer.

Well among attorneys there seems to be no clear definition for the term elder law because it encompasses so many areas. An elder law attorney will be involved in estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, Medicare law, Social Security law, Wills, Trusts, Probate, retirement planning, healthcare planning, disability incapacity, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on.

Perhaps the best definition of elder law is “an area of law which applies a holistic approach to addressing the unique legal needs of senior citizens, including retirement benefits, estate planning, healthcare, and other issues.”

In short, if you, or anyone in your family, acknowledges, or even is thought to be, a senior citizen, then you might want to begin to think about what the future holds for you and your family.

One of the best ways to plan for the future is to understand the present. One of the things that we try to do in our initial consultation with new clients is to discuss with them their personal and family situation and determine exactly where they are in the overall scheme of things and then attempt to address where they wish to go and how best to get there.

 

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