Elder law is essentially a planning process designed to assist elderly clients. Typical components include:

  • - Wills and Trusts
  • - Living Wills
  • - Power of Attorney
  • - Estate and Probate Administration
  • - Will Contests
  • - Guardianship – Alzheimer’s and Dementia-Related Illnesses
  • - Special Needs Trusts
  • - Housing
  • - Medical Care, Insurance, and Government Benefits
  • - Long-Term Care
  • - Special Concerns for Gay and Lesbian Couples


An attorney working with the elderly must be willing to work with their families, financial advisors, and medical professionals, to ensure a continuity of care and protection. It is a challenge, but one that is immeasurably rewarding.

You can help your parents by making sure they have current estate planning documents prepared, including financial and medical powers of attorney.