Elder People

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As one ages, they may find themselves facing new issues. Estate planning, disability, health care, retirement, taxes, financial planning, abuse and discrimination issues may arise in the elder years. It is very important to know your rights and seek counseling and advice when needed. When dealing with legal issues that pertain to the elderly, it is wise to seek counseling from a lawyer who is certified in ‘Elder Law’. Elder law is a field of law in the United States that covers all aspects of issues facing the elderly. It is a moderately new form of law practice that focuses solely on the needs and laws governing the elderly. The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is the most significant elder legislation in the United States. The earliest OAA was best known for creating the Administration on Aging, an agency that serves as the primary advocate for issues facing the elderly. Additionally, the OAA granted money to states for the development of research and programs in the field of aging. Later amendments to the OAA added funding for various services and programs benefiting senior citizens and their families. In 2006, the OAA was further amended to help older individuals avoid institutional care, improve state health and nutrition programs for seniors, and increase coordination of federal, state and local services for elders. Today, lawyers can specialize in this field of law by getting certified by the Board of Certification of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and proficiency of lawyers practicing this form of law. The certification was created to educate lawyers on all aspects of law pertaining to the elderly, while helping the general public identify a lawyer that is knowledgeable and proficient at helping with their specific needs. When dealing with elder law it is advisable to choose a lawyer that is familiar not...
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