What Exactly Is Elder Law?

Web Admin - Friday, February 20, 2015

Illinois elder law attorneyThe term “elder law” has become more and more common among legal professionals in recent years. The aging of the baby boomer population has made it more important to understand the unique legal issues facing older clients. Yet, the term itself can be somewhat confusing. Elder law is not like employment law or contract law. Those areas are specific bodies of law with their own doctrines and statutes. Elder law is a grouping of many different types of laws that touch the lives of older clients.

The Different Facets of Elder Law

In general, elder law is a term for the group of different legal areas that impact a person's life as they age. However, there is no hard and fast rule for the set of law that people talk about when they discuss elder law. Some of the most common areas of law that fall into elder law are estate planning, government benefits, and domestic violence.

The central area that people think of when they focus on elder law is the area of estate planning. Although people of all ages can benefit from estate planning services, older clients have a clearer picture of their estates, so they can develop a fuller estate plan. Additionally, older clients may have health issues that necessitate other types of estate planning, such as living wills or healthcare powers of attorney.

Another area of law that has a particular importance for seniors centers on government benefits. Older clients begin to qualify for Medicare and Social Security, which may lead to disputes with government agencies. They may also be receiving veterans’ benefits or other pensions that have special legal rules.

Finally, there are unique concerns related to domestic abuse with senior clients. Seniors are often victims of neglect, and those situations can be more difficult to detect or litigate. One common version of this problem occurs in nursing homes, where residents may be getting substandard treatment to the point where they may have a legal claim against the nursing home.

The Cook County Elder Law Division

The government is also recognizing the unique way in which many different areas of law can interact with older citizens. In order to deal with this, Cook County recently created the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division. This is a new division of the court system designed specifically for people over the age of 60. The division deals with cases related to elder abuse, powers of attorney, and criminal matters in which the victim was over 60 years old.

As people age, they face new, unique legal issues. If you think that you have legal concerns that would be best handled by an elder law practitioner, contact an Illinois elder law attorney today. We work with clients in many northwest suburban towns, like Inverness, Palatine, Schaumburg, and Mount Prospect.

About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.

Recent Posts


Palatine employment lawyer Fair Labor Standards Act Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers disability benefits Des Plaines collections attorney clemency changes to mortgage law marijuana crimes attorney Schaumburg employment attorney Illinois living will spinal cord injuries Palatine corporate attorney Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer work unions Illinois real estate lawyer distracted driving accidents FMLA Palatine construction attorney Barrington personal injury lawyer Illinois tax attorney Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Barrington medical malpractice lawyers criminal record personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers small business Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Illinois Human Rights Act Illinois traffic attorneys anesthesia errors insurance dispute Illinois employee rights attorney. most common reasons for life insurance claim denials head on collisions Exclusions food poisoning Illinois insurance lawyer unfunded trust murder charges Inverness estate planning lawyer Colin H. Gilbert first degree murder income distribution deducation Chicago estate planning lawyer probate claims process llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Rolling Meadows business lawyer Palatine civil attorney irrevocable trust Self-Directed IRA Accounts Illinois business law atorneys Arlington Heights tax lawyer criminal law Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents preventing accidents Long Grove real estate lawyer Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney paid sick leave Illinois corporate lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney Des Plaines DUI attorney Retaliatory Discharge power of attorney for healthcare Illinois defective products attorney healthcare claims Chicago employment lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer homestead rights medication errors Inverness personal injury attorney Illinois rollover accident lawyers Des Plaines accident attorney probate fees business litigation Des Plaines real estate attorney Arlington Heights Attorney jet ski Illinois insurance claim attorney Landlord Tenant Ordinance power of attorney Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer breach of contract Super Mario Rolling Meadows life insurance claim denial attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer blended families Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Illinois employment laws Des Plaines tax law firm car accident lawyers loopholes Palatine traffic accidents trusts home inspection lawyer Schaumburg estate attorney Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Palatine elder law attorney Crystal Lake personal injury attorney no contest clauses Illinois employment lawyer underage DUI overtime pay Palatine Attorney DUI defense real estate contract Illinois criminal defense attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer living wills Barrington personal injury attorney BUI Schaumburg criminal attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys Des Plaines manufacturing medical malpractice Buffalo Grove law firm Inverness traffic law firm Arlington Heights injury attorney sole proprietorship Schaumburg Illinois trusts attorney insurance claim denial Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois wrongful termination lawyer drug crime Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer appealing an insurance claim forming a corporation in Illinois Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers liens mass shooting Transfer on Death Instrument slip and fall trucking accidents medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Barrington estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer accidental death benefits Palatine real estate lawyer bike accident privacy laws Buffalo Grove traffic attorney product liability Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Illinois employment attorneys probate process Rolling Meadows employment law attorney DMV Illinois business lawyer Illinois insurance claims lawyers boating accidents BAC beneficiary complications Mount Prospect elder law attorney Illinois wills and trusts attorneys estate planning lawyer Palatine criminal defense lawyer Jay Andrew Riverwoods estate planning lawyer traffic violations Barrington life insurance lawyer commercial real estate Chicago employment attorney swimming pools Chicago biking tips right to work Illinois speeding lawyer blood alcohol content Arlington Heights employment attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys college kids insurance claim dispute attorney hit and run accident caregiver TBI Barrington employment attorney ken apicella Crystal Lake law firm Inverness real estate attorney Attorney Ken Apicella severance agreements hands free device liability claims Chicago trucking accident attorney expungement startup company in terrorem provision Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Illinois personal injury lawyer workers compensation Barrington Traffic Lawyer personal injury accidents Chicago traffic lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer real estate attorneys Buffalo Grove injury lawyer new real estate form Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act LLCs insurance agents driving top life insurance claim denials Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Barrington injury attorney Illinois estate planning law firm Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Schaumburg estate planning lawyer auto accidents drug possession pregnant women Deer Park criminal attorney products liability Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Palatine life insurance lawyer insurance claim dispute Palatine workers compensation lawyer Palatine employment attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer elder law insurance claim delay Illinois construction accident attorney cell phone accidents Crystal Lake employment lawyer federal crimes Palatine injury attorney Barrington litigation attorney drug crimes overtime violations probate Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers FSLA Des Plaines civil attorney trust payments traffic tickets license workplace sexual harassment foreclosure Palatine civil litigation lawyer fault based insurance dog bites Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, estate planning Inverness insurance attorney Illinois small business Illinois red light cameras trauma after an accident estate tax insurance denial appeals estate attorney traffic laws Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, slip and fall accidents POA vacation home fines condo association insurance negligence Barrington drug crime attorney workers compensation benefits Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer insurance claim denials insurance disputes School Visitation Rights Act Illinois back injuries Buffalo Grove life insurance attorney digital evidence Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Deer Park employment law attorney how to avoid common denials of life insurance claims Barrington workers compensation attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney car crash injuries Illinois estate planning nursing home negligence fiduciary rule delay Palatine traffic lawyer defective products lawyer Buffalo Grove real estate attorney BAIID car crash loss of consortium Barrington criminal defense lawyer Illinois insurance disputes tax attorney Inverness elder law lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyer pedestrian accidents Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Crystal Lake tax lawyer independent contractor Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Palatine corporate law attorneys car accidents Rolling Meadows Attorney trustee Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer Barrington employment law firm Illinois injury lawyer denied insurance claims Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers insurance adjusters unauthorized overtime Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer drunk driving statistics Joliet general practice lawyers Family Medical Leave Act Illinois civil litigation lawyer eluding a police officer Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois job attorney Chicago insurance claim attorneys speeding job lawyers involuntary manslaughter Mt Prospect Attorney privacy Illinois medical malpractice case Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers attorney fees deed transfer trucking accident lawyers Schaumburg probate attorney residential real estate denial of life insurance traffic violations defense Illinois pedestrian accident attorney personal injury claims motorcycle accident field sobriety test Illinois real estate life insurance lawyer liability jet ski accidents Arlington Heights car crash attorneys federal regulations for LLCs Crystal Lake employment attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Illinois workers compensation attorney Palatine business attorney traffic offenses medical marijuana drunk driving rumble strips medical malpractice claims traffic crimes Des Plaines real estate lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney texting while driving car collision Rolling Meadows traffic law firm Policy Cancellation Palatine insurance lawyer real estate IRS Rolling Meadows Palatine law firm operating agreements Deer Park DUI lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act Arlington Heights lawyer Crystal Lake traffic attorney Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney deadly crashes Rolling Meadows traffic attorney murder defense Colin Gilbert Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Affordable Care Act Chicago car accident lawyer construction contracts Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm cause-of-death exclusions Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Illinois will lawyer Fourth of July child safety Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Illinois Trust Code investment property insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Illinois law breathalyzer test Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Chicago estate planning creditors Whistleblower Claims Illinois Probate Act of 1975 license suspension contracts bicycle dooring accidents Des Plaines insurance attorney premises liability Crystal Lake pet attorney cell phone tower data insufficient documentation Illinois personal injury foreclosed rental property insurance dispute attorney employment contract fiduciary rule Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney truck collisions Rolling Meadows tax attorney special needs trust Employment Discrimination Law estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers ObamaCare employees denial of insurance claim landlord tenant law rollover car crashes Detainer Actions Chicago lawyer wrongful termination Inverness real estate lawyer probate lawyer drugs Crystal Lake employment law attorney employment attorney wills personal injury living trust revenge porn dynasty trusts traumatic brain injuries Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers health insurance dispute Forcible Entry rent to own real estate contracts criminal Long Grove estate planning attorney boating under the influence South Barrington real estate attorney Deer Park traffic lawyer Inverness corporate attorney Arlington Heights trucking lawyer civil litigation attorney Illinois insurance dispute lawyers preventable medical errors personal injury attorney civil litigation Crystal Lake insurance lawyer coronavirus brain injury life insurance claims medical research Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Palatine estate planning lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer GM ignition switches guardianship attorney Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Des Plaines pet law attorney personal injury claim Illinois home inspection civil rights violation DUI attorney employment lawyer insurance claims Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers spinal cord injury employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys wills and trusts taxes texting and driving Long Grove estate planning filing a medical malpractice claim Illinois attorney Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Inverness injury lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer employment law, Illinois employment laws fatal car accidents Palatine personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove probate lawyer DUI penalities suspended license traumatic brain injury Crystal Lake business law attorneys Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer pain and suffering Schaumburg personal injury attorney financial advisors Illinois workplace lawyer real estate zoning Illinois collections attorney ACA digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers real estate leasing Illinois trucking safety pet bites material misrepresentation Illinois Sales Representative Act DUI capital gains tax Inverness accident lawyer Crystal Lake car accident lawyer employee misclassification commercial leasing Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys DNR employment law car accident Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer insurance agent negligence Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer living trust benefits boating DUI medical malpractice compensation Barrington real estate lawyer Illinois bicycle safety living trust vs will marijuana Schaumburg insurance lawyers holiday statistics sexual harassment Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission bad faith insurance claims healthcare Chicago life insurance attorney Inverness DUI lawyer senior citizens Schaumburg criminal law attorney license reinstatement elder abuse rollover accidents Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act pizza emoji Chicago attorney Buffalo Grove corporate attorney icy parking lots Schaumburg construction accident lawyer caretaker rights rest breaks construction accidents Inverness civil lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Schaumburg injury lawyer golf accidents social media after death defective products insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys condo personal injury lawyer Illinois elder law attorney estate plan Kenilworth estate planning lawyer owner responsibility sexual images Schaumburg drug defense lawyer unpaid overtime Class A misdemeanor bicycle accidents Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer advance healthcare directive dram shop law Barrington estate planning attorney Illinois DUI attorney real estate closing life insurance policy estate planning trusts Illinois probate lawyer comp time internet digital assets Schaumburg estate planning attorney Do Not Resuscitate Illinois medical malpractice claim cell phone Illinois lawyer Illinois employment law firm Arlington Heights traffic attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer gift taxes Illinois traffic accident lawyer Inverness probate lawyer trench injuries Home Sale Contingencies Arlington Heights accident attorney Legal Info workers comp unpaid assessment estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, low-ball insurance settlement Des Plaines injury law firm Crystal Lake car accident attorney IRELA Illinois employment law attorney subcontractor Liquor Control Act insurance denials PTSD Rolling Meadows employment attorney motorcycle accident lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Long Grove real estate attorney real estate attorney Illinois employment law attorneys Illinois pet lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Palatine probate lawyer pet law natural gas explosion institutional trustee Chicago corporate attorney Barrington criminal lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute Palatine punch death Illinois car accident attorney Illinois employment law pay when paid contract Des Plaines criminal attorney Illinois wills and trusts wrongful death Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Schaumburg Attorney Illinois LLC creation Crystal Lake injury attorney wage theft traffic accidents automated cars compensatory time estate planning attorney Schaumburg corporate attorney Illinois traffic laws installment contracts Chicago will attorney Barrington attorney agent surgical mistakes Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Arlington Heights insurance attorney employee rights Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys landlord mortgage Schaumburg personal injury lawyer life insurance claim denial, denial of life insurance claim Illinois registered agent Deer Park accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys comparative negligence CAM Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers South Barrington real estate lawyer drug crimes lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers probate claims pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality consent to a search Illinois Smoke Detector Act Palatine employment law lawyer Barrington boating accident attorney lapse in policy underinsured motorist reckless homicide car accident lawyer Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer car crashes Kenilworth estate planning attorney Palatine drug lawyer criminal defense Illinois personal injury lawyers pedestrian-automobile accident IRA trust transfer crossover accidents Illinois mortgages Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Illinois workers compensation lawyer Chicago insurance law firm employee discrimination uninsured motorist dealing with problem employees insurance attorney pedestrian accident Illinois medical malpractice attorney controlled substance vacation home denied insurance claim Illinois driving without license Illinois estate planning attorney license revocation Schaumburg traffic lawyer DGAA IRA benefits traffic deaths real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Barrington employment law attorney Schaumburg real estate lawyer Illinois traffic attorney Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer natural gas insurance claim Rolling Meadows real estate attorney wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer commercial leases construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Schaumburg life insurance attorney corporate law Barrington business law firm Thanksgiving murder Schaumburg civil litigation attorney minimum wage digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Crystal Lake will lawyer whistleblower protections distracted driving accident victims estate planning for college students Arlington Heights criminal lawyer underfunded trust problem employees Illinois personal injury attorney Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Palatine trusts lawyer modern family estate planning Des Plaines drug lawyer meal breaks hiring employees personal injury law firm Arlington Heights TBI attorney digital information life insurance