The broad definition of elder law is the specialized field of law that addresses the diverse legal needs of aging populations. It focuses on the legal issues affecting baby boomers and their elderly parents.
The types of elder law issues that may arise require an attorney who is versed in all areas of the law making it important to seek out the right attorney when your family members need assistance. Major areas of elder law include:
- Disability and Special Needs Planning
- Long-Term Care Planning
- MediCal Eligibility
- Financial Elder Abuse Civil Action
Disability and Special Needs Planning
This area of elder law focuses on the support systems that the aging put in place to protect themselves in the event that they become physically or mentally incapacitated.
Long-Term Care Planning
This type of elder law focuses on the services that seniors often use to live safely when they cannot take care of themselves. These include nursing homes or assisted living facilities and long-term health insurance, along with the means by which they get these benefits. (MediCal / Medicaid for example).
Financial Elder Abuse & Civil Act Laws
This type of elder law focuses on recovering assets that have been wrongfully taken from seniors and include filing civil actions seeking recovery of the asset from the wrongdoer and double damages and attorney fees for “bad faith” when applicable. Cal Probate Code Section 859 (Keating (2021) 68 Cal. App 5th 1115.)
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