Is an Elder Attorney Worth the Cost?

Read On To Learn How an Elder Attorney Can Save You Time and Money

Attorneys are not alike.  Attorneys receive education and practice for the general public.  But Elder Attorney Image, senior, legal advicejust like doctors who specialize, so do attorneys.  The senior population is very vulnerable and their legal needs are complex.  Seniors face many threats and frankly cannot afford to take risks like they did when they were younger.  Limited money and time dictates the amount of risk a senior will take.  For this reason, hiring an elder attorney is wise.

Elder Attorney Specialties

Elder attorneys specialize in legal matters important to seniors including:

Finding an Elder Attorney

Before you start searching for an Elder Attorney, take a moment to know what you need.  This will helpElder Attorney Image, seniors, justice, legal narrow your search because most likely one attorney does not cover all senior legal issues.  You also want to decide what qualities are important to you in an attorney.  Do you want someone who explains details well?  Do you want an attorney who communicates often on the progress of your case?  Do you want someone with extensive experience in your legal issue?  These are some items to consider before you begin your search.

Once you know the type of Elder Attorney you need and the qualities you want, begin your search with your local bar association.  In Northwest Indiana, you can contact the Lake County Bar Association at 219-738-1905.  You can also contact the Porter County Bar Association  or at 219-728-4025.  On either website, you can search the “find an attorney” section for the specialty you need.  You can also search the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys website.

Interview Questions for an Elder Attorney

Interview a few Elder Attorneys.  You want to make sure you are a good fit and the elder attorney understands your needs.  Many attorneys offer a free consultation.  Here are some questions to ask during your interview.

  • What is your experience with my legal concern?
  • Do you work only with seniors?
  • What other types of law do you practice?
  • How do you bill?
  • What are your fees?
  • Will you work with my family members?

Conclusion

Attorneys, like other professionals, are never one-size-fits all.  When it comes to law, you want someone who specializes in the needs of seniors, an Elder Attorney.  Start with the local bar association to search for an Elder Attorney in your area.  Prepare a list of questions and interview at least 3.  Once you find a good fit, make an appointment to discuss your legal concern.  Following these tips on the front end can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

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