Elder Law and Elder Abuse
“Elder Law” is a term used to cast a wide net around the many legal issues that seniors may encounter, including estate and disability planning, power of attorney preparation, power of attorney litigation (such as power of attorney fraud), guardianship and capacity litigation, elder abuse (physical, mental and financial abuse), and substitute decision making.
The provision of elder law services can be to seniors, their family members, and individuals of any age who are involved in one of the many legal issues described above.
Given the aging demographic, and the unprecedented massive transfer in wealth between generations that is expected to occur over the next decades, there is unfortunately much room for abuse. One of the growing and important aspects of Elder Law is the recognition of this abuse and a commitment to its amelioration – both proactively by preventative estate and disability planning and reactively by remedial litigation.
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