What is Elder Law?

“Elder Law” has been defined as the legal practice of counseling and representing older persons, their representatives, and their families about the legal aspects of estate planning, health and long-term care planning, public benefits, surrogate decision-making, capacity, conservation, disposition and administration of older persons’ estates, and the implementation of their decisions concerning such matters. 

Elder law attorneys can give necessary consideration to the applicable tax consequences of the action and the need for more sophisticated tax, health care, public benefits and estate planning expertise.  Washington elder law attorneys understand and recognize issues of concern that arise during counseling and representation of older and incapacitated persons, or their representatives, with respect to abuse, neglect, exploitation, insurance, housing, long-term care, employment and retirement. 

Elder law attorneys are also be familiar with the resources and services available to meet the needs of older persons. and must further be capable of recognizing professional conduct and ethical issues that arise during such representation.

Elder law integrates the legal system with social and medical concerns for the benefit of the client.  An elder law attorney is knowledgeable about Federal laws and Washington laws which affect an individual’s well being and personal wishes.