DGAA bLAWg

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


Tags

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

Archive