Elder Law

Philip M. Flanigan - Elder Law


Rather than being defined by technical legal distinctions, elder law is defined by the client to be served. In other words, the lawyer who practices elder law may handle a range of issues but has a specific type of clients--seniors.

Elder law attorneys focus on the legal needs of the elderly, and work with a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of the older client.

Under this holistic approach, the elder law practitioner handles general estate planning issues and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents. The attorney would also assist the client in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating private and public resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client's right to quality care are all part of the elder law practice.

What is Elder Law?

Elder Law is an area of law that concentrates in representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals. Typically, Elder Law attorneys address the client's perspective from a holistic viewpoint by considering legal, medical, financial, social and family issues.

What differentiates Elder Law attorneys from others in the legal profession?

Qualified Elder Law attorneys bring a different perspective to the delivery of services to their clients. Elder Law attorneys use a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to help seniors, people with disabilities and their families in a caring, compassionate way that seeks to preserve dignity for such individuals. Elder Law attorneys look at what is best for the aging client from all points of view, and are able to address these issues in an objective way.

Services include:

  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Simple Wills
  • Probate Services
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Medical Care Powers of Attorney
  • Medi-Cal Planning



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