Often, hiring an elder care attorney is not something you think about until you are in desperate need. However, having an understanding of the kinds of situations that an elder care attorney can assist you in, may help you to spot or anticipate circumstances in which you would benefit from retaining the services of one before your situation becomes dire. The elderly are a particularly vulnerable population, and they need additional support and protection that an elder care attorney can help provide. In this article, we will review some of the primary situations in which an elder care attorney can help. Of course, this list is not intended to be exhaustive. If you have a situation that is not listed, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation and get personalized feedback.
Signs You Need an Elder Care Attorney
- An elderly loved one can no longer make decisions for themselves. Whether due to illness or incapacitation, if your loved one is no longer able to make decisions in their own best interest, they may need a guardian to make sound decisions on their behalf. In some cases, giving power of attorney to a trusted loved one to make their financial or medical decisions can also be a good idea to protect their assets and wishes.
- You or an elderly loved one requires long-term care. If you or an elderly loved one requires long-term care or has a terminal condition, it is important to make sure that they have the financial resources that they need to get the consistent care that they need and deserve. An elder care attorney can help create an estate plan that serves you or your loved one’s interests while they are alive and help them to get the financial support that they need for medical care.
- You are struggling to get Medicare, Medicaid, or Disability. Medicare, Medicaid, and disability programs are created to make sure that elderly, sick, and disabled people have the financial and medical resources that they need. However, that does not mean that they are easy to get. Many qualified and deserving candidates are denied when they apply for the benefits that they are owed. Having a dedicated and experienced legal advocate on your side to help you navigate the application process and fight for the benefits that you are entitled to can make a world of difference when it comes to getting the support you need.
- You or a loved one have experienced nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one have been abused by staff at a nursing home or by a caretaker, it is important to hold the institution accountable and get the damages to which you are entitled. An elder care attorney can help you bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover economic damages as well as pain and suffering for the harm that the abuse caused.
Schedule a Consultation with Giro Law
If you need assistance with an elder care matter, the experienced attorneys at Giro Law in Hackensack, New Jersey, are ready to help. Contact us today and schedule a consultation to find out how we can help you.