Elder Law – Only for Seniors?
- DATE: January 23, 2017
- POSTED IN: Blog , Elder Law
- POSTED BY: Gene Kirzhner
There is the common misconception that elder law is something that is only needed by the elderly and only sought out by the elderly. And while it is true that elder law is focused on the rights and well-being of people who have reached an advanced age, that does not mean only senior citizens are interested or invested in all that it entails. Here are just a few reasons that anyone and everyone needs to be thinking about pursuing this branch of the law:
Protect the Victims
For a variety of reasons, the elderly are not always able to advocate for themselves or fight back against aggression and exploitation. Elder law is meant to remedy this situation, but it is often up to someone younger to seek out a legal professional who specializes in this field. It may not be physically or intellectually possible for the victim to speak up. Or they may simply be too embarrassed to bring a bad situation into the light. When the victims can’t stand up for themselves, it is up to someone else to help them assert their rights and dignity using elder law.
Fight for Your Family Leveraging the Power of Elder Law
If you have elderly relatives or friends, you have a huge stake in their health and well-being. The last thing you want is for them to be abused or taken advantage of at a time in their life when they should be enjoying every minute they have. Elder law is a mechanism that families can use to ensure that beloved but potentially vulnerable members are not being put in harm’s way.
Take Early Steps
An elderly person’s health can take a turn for the worst a moments notice. Elder law is designed to provide some protection when this happens by transferring decision-making privileges to a trusted relative or friend. It is important to get these issues worked out early so that they do not create confusion and complication once they become necessary. Thinking about elder law too early is always better than thinking about it too late.
If you have questions or need assistance in the area of elder law, contact The Law Offices of Howe & Garside by calling 401-841-5700.