Elder law refers to the assistance with estate planning needs for the elderly. It is not a separate practice of law for most estate planning attorneys, since we deal with the estate plan issues for clients of all ages. However, attorneys specializing in unique problems for the elderly are trained to provide legal assistance to senior citizens in the planning of their estate as well as unique issues regarding their care. In addition to all of the issues normally found in the estate planning process, several other issues can occur, including management of assets and Medi-Cal issues.
It can be very important for the elder client to make decisions regarding their estate and the management of their personal and financial needs while they still have an ability to make those decisions. A client should consider the appointment of a trusted family member or friend to step in to assist with an elderly individual as their ability to manage these complex problems can be affected by their health. Having an elderly client make these decisions will avoid unnecessary legal expenses and assist the family in the management of the client’s personal and financial needs and avoid unnecessary family complications and issues in the future.