role of an elder law attorneyElder law focuses on the rights and welfare of senior citizens. Most elder law attorneys provide direction and advance planning for the elderly, as well as advocacy and intervention when something goes wrong. As each client will have different concerns and priorities, elder law issues may touch on a wide range of practice areas.

Duties and Responsibilities of an Elder Law Attorney

Elder law is a relatively new legal practice area, and no two lawyers will provide exactly the same elder law services. Your chosen attorney should be clear about which services he or she will provide, and be willing to refer you to a colleague if some of your needs fall outside his or her expertise.

For example, our elder law legal team focuses on:

  • Healthcare planning. Elder law attorneys create a structured plan for a senior’s healthcare, including exploring long-term care options and designating a healthcare power of attorney. They can also help clients locate the right nursing home facilities and manage assisted living costs using Medicaid benefits. 
  • Estate planning. An estate planning lawyer with a concentration in elder law is uniquely suited to addressing the financial needs of older adults. Our attorneys regularly help seniors protect their assets by appointing a durable financial power of attorney, handling estate and gift tax planning and probate proceedings, choosing trustees and executors, and establishing guardianship for minor children.
  • Special provisions and protection. As a small family firm, we believe in building personal and lasting relationships with our clients. Whether you need to create advance directives, need approval for VA or public health benefits, or are providing for a family member with dementia, we can ease the burden and help you make difficult decisions.

At Landskind & Ricaforte Law Group, P.C., we have helped hundreds of families throughout New York City plan for futures that included ill health, disability, and other sensitive issues. If you have questions about your future, fill out our quick contact form or call us to learn how we can help.