As we age, many of us begin to consider issues we may have not thought about during our younger years. In addition to considerations like health and retirement, many people begin to ask questions about their finances and estate. What kind of support might I need as I age? How can I make sure I am not a burden to my children? What will happen to my assets once I am gone? At what age should I contact an elder law attorney?

These kinds of questions are common. Not knowing the answers is common too! The knowledgeable and compassionate staff at The Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen are experts in elder law services, available to help older adults with legal matters related to aging and/or incapacitation so that your important wishes are documented and carried out.

Why is Elder Law an Important Practice Area?

Since 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has been federally protecting certain services for senior citizens. From this, legal services were created to help older adults, resulting in the important, specialized practice of elder law. Working with an attorney with this specialty offers asset protection for older adults seeking to protect their estate from probate, unnecessary taxes, or decisions made by someone other than the trusted individual of your choice.

At What Age Should You Contact An Elder Law Attorney?

After recognizing that you may need specialized legal advice from an elder law attorney you may wonder, “When is the best time to contact an elder law attorney?”

As a general rule, elder care law may be sought after the age of 60.  It is recommended if you’re in your 60s or 70s, you may benefit from working with an elder law attorney. However, establishing basic estate planning documents such as a power of attorney or healthcare surrogate are recommended as soon as you become a legal adult at the age of 18.

By contacting an elder law attorney during these years, you have the advantage of considering legal issues with someone who specializes in concerns that can develop in someone’s older years. Additionally, you can also factor in more immediate life changes that may be occurring such as retirement, changing from full-time to part-time work, and/or any health conditions that may later require nursing home care or power of attorney.

While immediate and long-term care planning may seem like a lot to consider, having these discussions now ensures that your health, financial, and/or estate decisions will be carried out should you become incapacitated. And, it also protects your family members or parties of interest that you wish to be provided for following your passing.

Let Our Elder Law Attorneys Care for Your Specialized Needs

We recognize that no matter your age, it can be difficult to consider end-of-life or incapacitation issues. However, doing so with an expert in these matters can make it easier, offer peace of mind, and help you feel confident that you have made wise, protected choices for yourself and your loved ones whenever those difficult days come. Contact our elder care law firm experts at The Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen today.