Elder law is a subsection of law that is gaining in significance as the baby boomer generation grows older. Questions concerning guardianship, health arrangements, long term care and living wills for seniors who can no longer provide self care or decision making, are rampant. Illnesses and conditions such as Alzheimer or dementia will often render a family member unable to provide care for oneself. In this case, it may be best to hire a qualified elder law attorney.
First, it's important to know who you're talking to. Some of the requirements for certification include:
- Being licensed as a lawyer in one or more states
- Practicing law for five years or more
- Maintaining a level of excellence of all the bars
- Demonstrating involvement in practicing elder law
- Finishing at least 45 hours of continuing education in elder law in the last three years
- References from five attorneys
- Passing a certification examination
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