How do I know if I need an elder law attorney?

If you broke your leg, would you go to your family doctor or an orthopedic surgeon? A specialist who sets bones all day long is typically the better option – especially if your case is complex.

Few things are more complex than long-term care planning for the elderly and people with disabilities. When so much is at stake, it takes a specialist in elder law and special needs planning to help you make the most of your resources.

Here are four reasons to work with a Connecticut elder law attorney:

  1. An elder law attorney is well-versed in Medicaid planning and other public benefits that you may qualify for.

  2. Long-term care planning is more than just a legal issue. An elder law attorney takes a holistic approach, looking at all the human aspects of long-term care:

    • Housing
    • Care needs
    • Health
    • Finances
    • Autonomy and quality of life

    Elder law attorneys have strong connections to the full range of elder care professionals including social workers, psychologists, nurses and others.

  3. An elder law attorney is knowledgeable about the many different journeys people may take over time. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to aging and disability. Long-term care planning helps people maximize resources, and maintain their quality of life for as long as possible.

  4. An elder law attorney understands and empathizes with the physical and cognitive changes an individual might undergo. This experience helps them distinguish between physical and mental disabilities, and recommend appropriate solutions.

The value of specialized experience in any field cannot be underestimated.

That’s why we don’t have just general surgeons. We have orthopedic surgeons, brain surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, and many others.

Elder law and special needs planning are highly specialized fields. Does your estate-planning attorney eat, sleep, and breathe long-term care planning for elders and people with disabilities?

Ours do. Why take a chance with something so important?

If you have an elder law attorney in mind, be sure to click the box below for the 10 questions you should ask. The answers to these questions will help you determine whether or not an attorney is qualified to help you.