In elder law, certified elder law attorneys (CELAs) serve as legal advocates for elderly people and their loved ones. Law affecting older or disabled individuals encompasses a broad range of legal matters. All matters related to aging, including guardianship, retirement, health care, and advance directives, as well as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, fall under the umbrella of elder law. Which gracefully shines a light on the importance of having an experienced New York elder law lawyer at your side.
An older family member who legally prepares for their aging process helps their family members by addressing day-to-day issues that affect their actual care through proper legal documentation should the senior become incapacitated. Seniors often falsely assume that a close family member, including a spouse, will automatically be able to make decisions on their behalf if something goes wrong with their finances or health. Postponing legal document preparation through an elder attorney generally winds up being more problematic and expensive to a senior's estate and wellness.
Getting Comfortable With Estate Planning in New York
Many seniors find making legal preparations uncomfortable at first, as the task forces them to confront and assess their mortality. Further into the process, many aging adults experience relief, having removed the fear of the unknown of aging to the best of their ability. Legal preparation can keep a senior from health or financial ruin if they become incapable of making informed decisions regarding these matters. In the absence of legal documents, their family is left with the expensive and time-consuming process of petitioning the courts for legal authority to act on their loved one's behalf – referred to as establishing guardianship. By planning early and making sure the correct legal documents are prepared stress on the senior and the senior’s loved ones are greatly reduced.
Personal choices regarding end-of-life care and the disposition of assets and property outlined in legal documentation guarantee that your wishes will be respected by law. This documentation is especially important for seniors when a family member might seek control over the process, whether moral or self-serving, to follow their whims when handling your wellbeing when you are most vulnerable. Besides adhering to your expressed wishes, having your choices documented relieves family members from guessing what you want.
When preparing for your aging process, seek out a well-regarded attorney who specializes in elder law. While many general practice attorneys may have some experience with elder law topics, regulations are ever-changing and complex. It is best to find an attorney who specializes in elder law so that you get the best and most up-to-date advice.
Proactively address your aging process with a qualified elder attorney to make sure your wishes are carried out now, and in the future, regardless of what happens with your health. Both you and your loved ones will garner invaluable peace of mind knowing that your wishes are known and legally documented.
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