The month of May was declared Senior Citizens Month in 1963 by President Kennedy to honor those Americans who are 65 years and older. Every President since has followed suit, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys also supports this decree by continuing to sponsor National Elder Law Month each May.
Elder law attorneys in Orange County and across the country assist seniors in many ways all year, but this month is especially important in raising awareness around the many major issues that these attorneys would advise clients on. Some of these issues include, but are not limited to, tax planning, health and Social Security benefits, special needs planning, asset protection, elder abuse and exploitation, estate planning, incapacity planning, and long term care options. Long term care options can be particularly important to plan for, as most seniors will need some form of help as they age and the costs of long term care options can be downright staggering depending on the care required.
One important thing to remember is that some Orange County elder law attorneys that you may meet with are like general doctors, meaning they can provide general information in broad terms to any client. Other attorneys are specialists, and may specifically handle only social security disability claims or litigate age discrimination cases. Whatever the situation may be, it is important that the elder law attorney that you or the senior in your life chooses is aligned with your goals and is a good match for the circumstances.
During Elder Law Month, NAELA members across the county host public seminars, elder law clinics, and other activities to empower and educate the public on legal issues unique to aging Americans. OC Elder Law will be hosting a free event entitled “Don’t Go Broke in the Nursing Home” on May 26, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. We will be discussing long term care options and previewing potential costs to assist local seniors with planning, questions, and further education on the topic. Our friends and clients are also invited to sign up for our free monthly eNewsletter, which is a great resource for seniors and covers issues of estate planning, asset protection, and elder law.
As an established elder law attorney in Orange County, the best advice I can give to any and all of my clients is simply to plan ahead! Planning ahead is a vital practice to ensure that seniors and people with special needs can enjoy the quality of life that they deserve. Elder law encompasses virtually all aspects of life that affect older Americans, and a professional elder law attorney can help clarify the best course of action in any situation.
OC Elder Law is an established, well respected elder law firm that has multiple attorneys dedicated to serving clients and all of their unique needs. Our experience and legal expertise has helped to protect assets, individuals, couples, and seniors all across Orange County and the surrounding areas since 2002. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your family to plan for the future during National Elder Law Month!