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Are You in Search of an Elder Law Attorney?

in-home caregiver, in-home health care, in-home careWhen you need reputable guidance, locating a qualified professional takes research and patience. Professionals such as elder law attorneys who specialize in working with seniors, focus on the needs of seniors in a particular area and can provide beneficial services.

A good way to start searching for a professional is to ask friends, clergy and other professionals for referrals. If you know a trusted professional, that professional would naturally have contacts in other areas. If a direct referral is not a viable option, you can locate elder-focused professionals in other ways. The CSA, ( Society of Certified Senior Advisors) Locator is a great way to find professionals who have gained and maintained the Certified Senior Advisor designation. Click here to search for a CSA in your area.

Elder Law Attorney

An elder law attorney is responsible for understanding many areas of law, including Medicare and Medicaid, senior housing, estate and trust planning, and health care directives. You need to find out if an elder law attorney has comprehensive knowledge in all of these areas. Your future, family and estate are at stake, so finding an experienced and trustworthy elder law attorney is essential.

There are several ways to find accomplished elder law attorneys. One is the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), which provides the Elder Law Attorney (CELA) certification. NELF is “a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and improvement of the professional competence of lawyers in the area of elder law” and is the only organization that the American Bar Association recognizes to certify elder law attorneys.

For attorneys to become certified, they must meet certain criteria. Generally, their practice must be devoted to working with seniors, and they must pass an exam, with re-certification required every five years.

According to NELF, there are over 400 certified elder law attorneys practicing in the U.S. today, represented on the NELF website with a map of certified attorneys by state. Click here to find a certified attorney. 

Other ways you can find an experienced elder law attorney are:

  • AARP:  www.aarp.org
  • State Bar Association: www.hg.org
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at  www.naela.org  is a professional association of lawyers dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to the elderly.

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Elder Law Foundation’s websites strongly suggest that before hiring an elder law attorney, you should ask the following questions:

  • How long has the attorney been in practice?
  • What percentage of the practice is devoted to elder law?
  • What is the attorney’s area of emphasis?
  • How long has the attorney been in this particular field?
  • What is the fee for the initial consultation?
  • What information should you bring to your first meeting?

Looking for an elder law attorney through reputable resources and asking questions will help you locate a qualified attorney specific to your needs.

For more information:

in-home care giverStanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:

  • Loss of friends and possessions
  • Loss of independence and freedom
  • Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living

Sequoia Senior Solutions, Inc. serves Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Mendocino, Lake Counties. The main office is located at191 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 102, Petaluma, CA 94954. Email admin@sequoiaseniorsolutions.com  Tel: (707) 763-6600 Fax: (707) 763-6607, www.sequoiaseniorsolutions.com.

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