What Exactly Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?

People ask me all the time what an elder law attorney does. An elder law attorney does not have a specific practice area, but a demographic. I serve older individuals with any legal need they have. I happen to concentrate my practice on Medicaid planning, but I handle a wide variety of issues common to that population, including guardianships, trusts and estate planning, bankruptcy and debt settlement, and consumer litigation. My goal is to act as a one-stop shop for any of a senior’s legal needs.

Here’s a little secret about the way I live my life and the way I practice law: I am not interested in the traditional roles of “lawyer” and “client.” The point of becoming an elder law attorney and catering to a demographic is that I am not trying to be somebody’s lawyer on one issue, only to be forgotten as soon as the matter is over. My role is as an advisor and a confidante, someone who can be trusted to analyze anything remotely important in the lives of seniors and advise accordingly. Our lives nowadays are far too dynamic to pretend that we have a full grasp on everything going on. You leave the legal issues to me, leaving you the time to enjoy your family, your daily life, your hobbies, and your volunteer activities.

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