Elder Law Emcompasses More Than Just Your Estate Planning Needs

By Justin S. Eppler

The population of the country as a whole is getting older, and Alaska is no exception. As part of that process, the needs of those individuals change. Many people assume that elder law focuses solely on estate planning for older people with different needs than their younger counterparts have, but that is not necessarily the case.

Of course, estate planning is a large part of this area of law. Even if you do not think you will need Medicaid in order to get the care you need as you age, preparing for that eventuality does not hurt. There are different avenues you can take to make sure you can pursue government benefits should you need them.

Outside of those concerns, many elderly people here in Alaska and elsewhere find themselves in vulnerable situations. The services provided by assisted living centers, nursing homes and in-home health care aids are invaluable to many people. Sadly, the individuals who are supposed to care for you may not have your best interests in mind.

Nearly everyone has heard horror stories about abuse and neglect at the hands of people you are supposed to trust. The neglect and abuse comes in a variety of forms such as physical, emotional and even sexual. That is not the only way in which people are victimized, however. Financial abuse causes a significant amount of harm as well.

These are the times when an elder law attorney could prove invaluable. Not only is the experience in the law helpful, but also the compassion and understanding it takes to help you, and your family, through a difficult time. Whether you are in need of elder law services or are concerned for an aging loved one, understanding the legal rights involved is a good place to start.