Elder Law as a specialty practice area has its roots in the Older Americans Act (OAA). The act was passed by Congress in 1965 and has been revised many times since. The purpose of the Older Americans Act is to provide seniors:
• Adequate income in retirement.
• The best physical and mental health independent of economic status.
• Ability to access suitable housing which may be designed and selected relative to special needs and costs which senior citizens can afford.
• Full institutional care services and/or a wide range of community-based, long-term care services both in the communities and their homes.
• Support to family members and caregivers needing long-term care services.
• Tools and services to allow retirement after years of contribution to the economy.
• Ability to participating in a wide range of cultural, education and recreational opportunities activities.
• Necessary community services such as readily available low-cost transportation, which support various living arrangements and social assistance programs.
• Independence in planning and managing their own lives,
So Why an Elder Law Attorney?
Elder Law is defined by the client to be served vs legal distinctions. The Older Americans Act served as the ignition for development of the Elder Law practice area.
Elder Law attorneys:
1. Focus their practice with its tools and techniques on the legal requirements of seniors.
2. Provide a holistic approach to legal advice for seniors. Such advice may include: financial, housing, long-term care and quality of life.
3. Understand issues related to the aging process and the senior’s competency
4. Utilize a skills network of social workers, psychologists, and other elder care professionals in resolving legal issues.
|Guardianship||Landlord Tenant Law|
|Elder Abuse||Retirement Planning|
|Estate Administration||Social Security Disability|
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Please Note: We make no attempt to provide legal guidance, only to acquaint you with the terms and scope of elder law. Such guidance should come from an appropriate attorney certified in the law as it pertains to your location. Find such an Elder Law Attorney in your state below.
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|Joy Trueworthy||33 Mildred Ave||Bangor||4401||207-947-6500|