Elder Law

Definition: Elder law provides for the rights of the aging population. Some cases require a multidisciplinary approach in light of the interrelated social, legal and health care needs of elders. Other cases require a specific approach and can include specific issues—such as wealth management, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, mandates, access to government programs, access to health care services, and legal representation—as well as general issues, such as access to grandchildren, preservation of autonomy, protection against abuse and exploitation, and end-of-life planning. Our experience has shown that elders, like everyone else, are entitled to respect and to have their wishes heard, and that determining their best interest requires identifying their capacities as well as their needs, and refraining from considering them as vulnerable or incompetent because of their age or health.

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