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Do You Need to Hire a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

As you get older, it becomes more important to think about your future and what you want to leave your family members. It’s also the time you should start looking into hiring an attorney to help you get everything in order. Elder law issues are complicated. If you inadvertently make a mistake, it can have disastrous results down the line. Consider hiring a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) who can walk you through everything you need to know.

The general practice area of elder law isn’t only about what happens when you die. At Anderson Elder Law, our team focuses on all critical issues that affect our senior citizens, including what happens if you become incapacitated. There’s always a risk of you being injured in an accident or becoming severely ill. What happens if you are suddenly unable to take care of yourself, your legal affairs, and finances? That is where a certified elder law attorney can help.

You’ll find that with elder law, there’s some overlap with the services that an estate planning attorney offers, such as the preparation of estate planning documents and counseling on the estate administration process. When meeting with an elder law attorney, you will also discuss your current care and needs and how to best structure your assets to provide for your future – not just what happens to your assets when you pass away. Some firms, such as Anderson Elder Law, will also include a social worker on the team to help with capacity assessments and care planning.

What Legal Matters Do Elder Law Attorneys Handle?

Some elder law firms handle all issues that affect senior citizens, while others specialize in only a couple of topics. Some of the most common legal matters that elder law attorneys handle include:

-Estate planning
-Medicaid planning
-Veteran’s benefits planning
-Special Needs planning
-Estate and trust administration

If you or someone in your family is having health problems, you should reach out to a Certified Elder Law Attorney—sooner rather than later. This is particularly critical if you think that you or a loved one will need to access Medicaid to help pay for long-term care costs. There are strict eligibility requirements for Medicaid and the rules are complex. Without proper planning, you could end up spending your hard-earned life savings on long-term care costs. It is vital to get proper advice from a Certified Elder Law Attorney to assure you can achieve the best result for you.

Contact Anderson Elder Law

If you have questions on elder law topics or need assistance with Medicaid planning issues, let our skilled Certified Elder Law Attorneys, Linda M. Anderson, CELA and Chari M. Alson, CELA help. Fill out our contact form today to schedule an initial consultation. You can also email us at or call at 610-566-4700 to schedule. Let us put our knowledge to work for you and help you with all your Pennsylvania elder law needs.