Elder Law

Elder law attorneys specialize in the needs of older adults, such as public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. If you have an aging parent or elderly spouse, and need an attorney's advice, here are helpful elderlaw resources. Simply click on the link for the website you would like to visit.

Elder Law Answers — A nationwide network of more than 500 elder law firms, ElderLawAnswers.com provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers can search for attorneys by state or by telephone area code. The site includes information about Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning.

Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law Attorney Directory — Free, searchable directory that includes profiles of estate planning, probate and elder law attorneys nationwide to aid you in choosing a law firm that is right for you and your family.

Free Comprehensive ElderCare Referral Service - ElderCarelink — This free online referral service helps you find everything from Adult Day Care, Home Care and Assisted Living to Financial Planning and Personal Emergency Responses.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys — Members specialize in the needs of older adults, such as public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. While primarily for members, their Web site includes some information for consumers and a search function (just below their logo in the upper left-hand corner) to find the nearest elder law attorneys.

National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center — An Ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. They are trained to resolve problems. If you want, the ombudsman can assist you with complaints on a confidential basis.

Patient Advocate Foundation — This non-profit organization helps patients negotiate with insurance companies, HMOs and Medicare to resolve coverage and benefit problems. It also offers a national legal resources network that provides legal consulting and referral services for patients who need negotiating support with state and federal public assistance programs, including Medicaid.

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