What is Elder Law ?

Elder Law, as a discrete practice, is relatively new. Due to the recent surge in “baby-boomers” reaching retirement age, the need for practitioners familiar with the issues facing our now retiring population has become more commonplace. For generations, clients turned to a general practitioner when they needed a Will or Trust. However, while elder law includes Wills & Estate planning, there is so much more that a true Elder Law Attorney does. Here’s a list of some of the more common tasks we undertake:

  • Preparation of Wills & Trusts, Advance Medical Directives, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Durable Powers of Attorney, HIPAA Releases
  • Long Term Care planning (including Medicare, Veterans Benefits, Medicaid) and end of life planning

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  • Advocacy and representation before Medicaid, Medicare (and other insurance agencies), Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Hospital and Skilled and Unskilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Livings
  • Guardianship and Conservatorships proceedings;
  • Mediation among caregivers and family members
  • Assistance with care planning and discharge planning for older adults in acute hospital and skilled nursing care settings.
  • Special Needs Trusts

There are many, many attorneys practicing in and around Charlottesville. And many of those write wills and trusts. Only a small handful practice Elder Law exclusively concentrating on the unique needs and concerns of  older adults and their adult children. Gelbman Law is one of the very few. You can read more about Elder Law and Elder lawyers at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

If you need help with any of these — or anything else that involves a senior citizen and the law or regulations – contact Gelbman Law PLLC. If you don’t need an Elder Law attorney, we’ll be the first to tell you. If you do, you will have come to the right place.