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What is an elder law attorney? These lawyers work with older or disabled people on a wide range of legal matters.

As Kelly Niles-Yokum and Donna L. Wagner explain in The Aging Networks: Guide to Programs and Services*, elder law attorneys do a lot of things.

“Elder Law attorneys help older adults and their families with wills, estate planning, and legal mechanisms to protect the wishes of the elder…

“Other legal issues commonly managed by elder law attorneys include suits regarding eligibility for public benefits, age discrimination, guardianship, and housing issues. For example, negotiating a reverse mortgage might require the advice of an elder law attorney who has in-depth knowledge about these types of mortgages. Similarly, an elder law attorney can be consulted to review contracts with continuing care retirement communities or other life-care arrangements. Some elder law attorneys specialize in planning for long-term care and can help with health-care decisions and special needs planning.

“And finally, elder law attorneys can advise and assist in family issues, such as setting up funds for grandchildren or securing legal rights when a grandparent is called upon to raise their children.”

*(New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2011), pp. 171-172

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Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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