Elder law is an area of law and legal practice that is focused on issues surrounding our elderly and disabled population. Elder law covers a vast array of different types of law. Therefore, it becomes important to know where your legal needs fall before contacting an elder law attorney. It is also important to remember that many elder law attorneys only specialize in one or two areas of elder law. This is why we at Reinfeld & Cabrera P.A. have put together a brief rundown of a few of the different areas of elder law, as a means of guiding you in recognizing where you elder law requirements lie.
If mental incapacitation is a concern for you, you will need to consult with an elder law attorney who is experienced in mental disability. They will assist you in planning what will happen to you and your property should you become mentally incapacitated. If you are concerned about a loved one that has become mentally disabled or is losing their mental capacity, you will need the assistance of an elder law attorney who is familiar with guardianship.
An elder law attorney who is skilled in proactive Medicaid planning is the attorney you should approach if you worried about protecting your assets should you need long-term health care. Furthermore, an elder law attorney experienced in crisis Medicaid planning will be able to assist you in applying for Medicaid should you or your loved ones enter a nursing home.
Estates and taxes:
If you are worried about what will happen in the event of your (or a loved one’s) death, you will need to consult with an elder law attorney who has experience with the estate settlement process in Florida. This could include probate and trust administration, thus the elder law attorney you approach should be familiar with these areas too. Federal estate tax, gift tax and state estate tax / inheritance tax can become a complicated business. An elder law attorney who is familiar with these areas of law in Florida will help you in minimizing estate taxes and their potential complications.
Unfortunately, elder abuse is a reality. If you are concerned about a caregiver, taking advantage of your elderly loved one, an elder law attorney who is familiar with the elder abuse laws of Florida will be able to assist you in fighting for and protecting your elderly loved one.
The scope of elder law in Florida is extremely broad and it is important to identify an elder law attorney, such as Reinfeld & Cabrera P.A., who has the experience and knowledge that will compliment your own unique family and financial situations.