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The legal problems of the elderly are complex, and “elder law” encompasses many different fields of law. An elder law attorney should have experience in the following areas:
  • Estate planning, using traditional Wills or testamentary substitutes such as TOD accounts, beneficiary accounts, and joint ownership.
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts, including the drafting and funding of trusts.
  • Administration of trusts and estates.
  • Probate avoidance strategies.
  • Disability planning and special needs planning.
  • Life planning documents including enhanced durable powers of attorney, and advance medical directives consisting of both health care proxies and living wills.
  • Guardianship and issues involving the incapacity of family members.
  • Long-term care insurance.
  • Health care insurance, including Medicare.
  • Medicaid programs including Chronic Care, applications for people in the nursing home, Community Medicaid, and traumatic brain injury waivers.
  • Life insurance and annuities.
  • Social Security benefits for retirement.
  • Social Security disability benefits for people with disabilities.
  • IRAs and IRS distribution rolls for individuals, beneficiaries and estates.
  • Basic litigation including the ability to contest a Will or conduct a fair hearing.
  • Surrogate Court proceedings.
  • Veteran’s benefits.
  • Physiology of aging.
  • Elder abuse and fraud issues.
  • Retirement issues including public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits and pension benefits.
  • Housing issues including senior housing, independent living, assisted living, and nursing homes.
An elder law attorney must have a network of other professionals including geriatric care managers, accountants, financial advisors and care providers.
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Richard A. Kroll, Esq. has an active practice in the area of Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate. He is a member of the...

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