The Elder Law attorney will deal with elder abuse and neglect, guardianship and conservatorship, age discrimination, planning for diminished capacity, the right to refuse treatment and the right to die, financial planning, wealth management and property transfers, retirement benefit plans and long-term care issues. Both federal and state laws exist to assist the elderly, and are frequently being changed and updated. Ethical questions also challenge the Elder Law attorney: Who is the client? The older person? Their family? Does the family have undue influence over the older person? Is the client competent to give informed consent? At what point is the client medically incapacitated?
There are many issues to be explored in the field of Elder Law, and this guide will provide some jumping-off points!
"In youth my wings were strong and tireless.
But I did not know the mountains.
In age I knew the mountains
But my weary wings could not follow my vision.
Genius is wisdom and youth."
(Edgar Lee Masters)
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