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What is Elder Law and Who Needs an Elder Attorney?

Elder Law is a specialized area of law defined by the clients’ needs that we serve rather than the areas of law in which we practice. In other words, the attorneys at Dana Law Firm who practice Elder Law serve the legal needs of people as they age and those who have disabilities using a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet each specific client’s unique personal goals and objectives. We serve clients throughout the state of Arizona, and have a firm commitment to provide compassionate and dedicated legal counsel.

Our firm members are frequently asked, “How old do you have to be to need an elder law attorney?” Based upon our experience in Arizona estate planning practice, we have learned that people of every age should seek the advice of an elder law attorney.  For example, clients in their 30s, 40s and 50s need to consider long term planning to make sure they will have enough to live on when they retire, asset protection and wealth building strategies and should consider and understand  long term care insurance and what those policies cover and pay for. Clients in their 60s are considering and planning for retirement; and clients in their 70s, 80s and 90s are faced with decisions about long term care options which may include nursing home care or assisted living. Clients of all ages have children with disabilities, and part of our Elder Law practice includes disability law. We help parents plan for their children’s future, and assist in determining the appropriate resources needed to care for their children, who may never live independently. Through the drafting of special needs trusts and other instruments, inheritances can provide for the supplemental needs while the medical coverage and payments from government programs are not jeopardized.

Our experienced estate planning and elder law attorneys will analyze your financial and health care circumstances and counsel you on what legal steps can be taken to protect your assets while obtaining affordable health care and for qualifying for public benefits. Using a practical and holistic approach, the Elder Law attorneys of the Dana Law Firm address general estate planning issues and counsel clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents, and also assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs. Our firm members counsel and advise clients concerning nursing home care, and assist in locating the appropriate type of care and with coordination of private and public resources to finance the cost of care. Advocating and working diligently to ensure our client’s rights to quality health care are all part of the Dana Law Firm Elder Law practice.