What Is Elder and Special Needs Law?

Legal issues that affect people as they age and people with special needs are growing in number. Our laws and regulations are becoming more complex, and each state has different laws. Actions taken with regard to a single matter may have unintended legal effects.

It is important for attorneys working with seniors, people with special needs, and their families, to have a broad understanding of the laws that may have an impact on a given situation to avoid future problems. You may explore the web, if you want to know more about  Ventura irrevocable trust attorney.    

Elder and Special Needs Law encompasses many different fields of law. Some of these include:

1) Preservation/transfer of assets seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment when one spouse enters a nursing home.

2) Housing issues, including discrimination and home equity conversions.

3) Disability planning, including use of durable powers of attorney, living trusts, “living wills” for financial management and health care decisions, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency or incapacity.

4) Estate planning, including planning for the management of one’s estate during life and its disposition on death through the use of trusts, wills, and other planning documents.

5) Retirement, including public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits, and pension benefits.

6) Nursing home issues, including questions of patients’ rights and nursing home quality.

7) Long-term care placements in nursing home and life-care communities.

8) Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues.

9) Access to health care in a managed care environment.

10) Administration and management of trusts.