Elder Law

Elder Law refers to the area of legal practice pertaining to issues that affect older people (usually those over 60 years of age). The three primary focuses of elder law include estate planning; medicaid, disability and long-term care; and guardianship.

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  • What Is Elder Financial Exploitation?
      by HG.org

    Elder financial exploitation targets elderly individuals, often because of a perceived vulnerability on the part of the abuser. Exploitation may be committed by someone close to the elderly individual, such as a relative or caretaker, or it can be committed by a stranger in another country. There may be legal options available to a person who is the victim of elder financial exploitation.

  • Suing Nursing Homes for Abuse or Neglect
      by HG.org

    A nursing home can be held legally liable for damages that its residents suffer due to abuse or neglect. Loved ones may be able to file a lawsuit against the nursing home for causing harm to a family member. However, it is important for the family to understand the dynamics involved in this type of lawsuit and the legal basis for claims against a nursing home.

  • An Over-Medicated Nursing Home Resident Is Docile and More Profitable for the Facility

    Over-medicating, or chemically restraining, nursing home residents to make them easier to manage is a poorly kept industry secret. This practice allows for facilities to house more residents because they pose fewer demands on staff. Often residents without psychiatric conditions are given antipsychotic drugs to sedate them -- sometimes to the point of unconsciousness.

  • How Can a Lawyer Help with Abuse in a Nursing Home?
      by HG.org

    Unfortunately, millions of elderly individuals are abused every year. Many families have to make the difficult decision to place their loved ones in a nursing home so that they can receive the proper care and supervision that they need at this stage in their lives. However, elderly individuals in nursing homes are vulnerable to sustaining abuse. If a loved one is being abused, it can often be difficult to know what to do. A nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to help.

  • Types of Elder Abuse
      by HG.org

    When people think of abuse, they often think only of physical abuse. While physical abuse is one important form of abuse, it is not the only one. Unfortunately, our seniors are victims of various forms of elder abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in any of the manners described below, contact an experienced elder abuse lawyer for immediate assistance.

  • Right to Privacy in Assisted Living
      by HG.org

    For a person that resides in an assisted living facility, it is important to have the privacy necessary to live without interference and to increase the quality of life. However, how much latitude the facility has in these circumstances may depend on the state and the circumstances of the resident that moves into a unit.

  • What Is an Income Cap Trust?
      by HG.org

    Income caps affect the elderly and other individuals seeking Medicaid for long-term assistance, and when the older person needs an income cap trust, this could affect the situation with children or other guardians. Those seeking to help an elderly individual in need of long-term care may need to satisfy the state conditions to do so for him or her.

  • Nursing Homes to Pay $1.25 Million for Providing Substandard Care

    The lack of care caused residents to suffer from multiple forms of physical, mental and emotional harm.

  • Arbitration Agreements: Nursing Homes May Soon Be Allowed to Force Seniors to Sign

    Rules may soon be overturned that were created to prevent nursing homes from limiting the rights of abuse victims to sue. Our California and Santa Clara County elder abuse lawyers explain.

  • Six Nursing Homes in Connecticut Fined for Abuse and Neglect of Residents

    By recognizing the signs of abuse or neglect, one may be able to prevent nursing home abuse in their loved one.

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