Understanding Elder Law
Elder law is still a new and rapidly evolving legal discipline. In fact, it was largely unknown until just a few years ago. It remains a very broad area of the law that encompasses nearly every legal issue that senior citizens and their families might face. When selecting an elder law attorney, it is important to find one who stays up-to-date on changes in the law, as well as one who will answer all your questions and provide personalized service.
Our Trusted Elder Law Attorneys Can Answer Your Questions
At Joseph N. Yamaner and Associates, our team of attorneys have built a reputation as some of the premier elder law practitioners in Queens County. Other attorneys turn to them for help or guidance with their own elder law issues. We look forward to learning more about your legal needs and educating you on the options you have available. We strive to provide the best client service possible and are always available to address any concerns you might have.
Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Joseph N. Yamaner and Associates provides in-person consultations and discounted services to veterans of American wars in honor of those who serve our country.
What Is Elder Law?
There is no exact definition of elder law. Any legal issue that the older population might face fits under the umbrella of elder law. Its practice areas include:
- Estate planning: Wills, trusts, living wills, special needs trusts and more
- Advance directives: Including durable powers of attorney that state your wishes should you be unable to make or voice decisions on your own
- Probate administration: The process of validating a will, distributing assets and paying off final debts
- Guardianships and conservatorships: The court appointment of a decision-maker when a person becomes disabled. Conservators are only appointed to manage a person’s finances, while a guardian has control over a disabled person’s personal affairs.
- Veterans’ benefits: Medical care and long-term care planning for veterans or disability benefits.
- Housing transitions and real estate: Moving into nursing home facilities and selling real property.
This is just a short list of the many issues elder citizens might face. Many other issues could have been listed, but this list reflects the most common issues associated with elder law in New York. Please speak to an attorney at Joseph N. Yamaner and Associates today to find out more about elder law and how they can help you and your family.