An elder law attorney is a lawyer who specializes in the legal issues that arise primarily out of, or as a result of, the aging process. As we age, not only do our bodies and minds change, but so too do the legal issues we are more likely to face. While all attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Florida can give anyone legal advice and guidance, elder law attorneys specialize in providing advice to people who face these aging-related issues. Today we are going to help you decide if speaking to an elder law attorney is something you need to do.
Is your problem related to aging?
Elder law is an umbrella topic that encompasses a wide range of legal issues. The single continuous thread that unites these issues is that they are most often confronted by senior citizens or the elderly. Similarly, many of the issues that elder law attorneys routinely deal with are those that usually affect older people instead of younger people. Nevertheless, many elder law issues can affect anyone at any age, and even younger people might require the assistance of an elder law attorney.
For example, while most young people will never become incapacitated as a result of the aging process, they might become incapacitated because they are involved in an automobile accident, or otherwise significantly injured. In such a situation, speaking to an elder law attorney about your legal options if and when a family member becomes incapacitated is a good idea.
Does your problem involve an aging family member?
Another common reason many people seek out the assistance of an elder law attorney is because they have elderly family members. For example, if you are a young person who has grandparents who are losing capacity, what legal options do you have to help? What can you do to ensure your elderly family members stay safe, and aren’t preyed upon by those who might seek to take advantage of them?
An elder law attorney can help you answer these types of questions and give you the guidance you need to ensure that your elderly family members are adequately protected. Further, if you can convince your elderly loved ones to come talk to an elder law attorney, this is often one of the best steps you can take to provide them with the help they might need.
Are you unsure who to talk to?
What about other legal issues? If, for example, you are a senior citizen and have been given a traffic ticket, do you need to speak to an elder law attorney, or should you consult a criminal defense attorney? How do you know who to talk to?
Whenever you are unsure about who you need to talk to in the face of a legal problem, reaching out to us and asking us for advice will always be in your best interests. Even if we do not believe we are the law firm to help you with your particular issue, the attorneys and staff at the Kulas & Crawford, will give you the guidance you need.