Elder law is a relatively recent legal area, one which has been explored for the past half-century. It is a broad legal umbrella covering every type of case concerning an aging population. As of 2014, there were 46.2 million senior citizens, aged 65 and older, in the United States alone—about 14.5% of the entire population. This number is only expected to grow. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2060, there will be about 98.2 million seniors, making elder law more relevant than ever.
Elder law focuses on specific concerns of the senior population. While a 67-year-old man may be going through a separation, he may only need a good divorce lawyer, as his age has little to do with the cause or outcome of the divorce. However, if the same man was being abused by his spouse, an elder law attorney might need to protect him.
Our Texas elder law attorneys handle the following:
While you may be a particularly youthful and healthy senior, it’s never too early to begin to plan for your healthcare as you age. An experienced and skilled Texas elder law attorney can help you create a plan for your guardianship if you can no longer care for yourself. For example, if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease, you know how confusing and debilitating the condition can be. However, if you indicate now who can make your financial and health decisions by law, you will later save your family heartache and confusion. After all, if two family members can never agree on how to care for you, your own well-being may suffer for it.
Medicaid can be tough to navigate. You don’t want to leave preparation for medical care until the last minute, which is why planning in advance with a lawyer can be so helpful. Medicaid can help you cover the cost of expensive nursing homes but only if you fall under a certain income threshold. We can help you arrange your estate so as much income as possible is left to your loved ones while still allowing you to be eligible for Medicaid. Our Texas Medicaid attorneys of Auten & Willingham, P.C. will offer you trusted legal counsel, care, and representation.
If you would like to begin planning for your future, contact us today. Our experienced Carrollton elder law attorneys are ready to put their years of practice to work for you. Our fees and rates are also reasonable to suit your budget. Call us or fill out our online form with your case information. We look forward to speaking with you.