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What to Look for in Hiring a Texas Elder Law Attorney

Texas' growing community of senior citizens, and their adult children, must be prepared for a host of legal issues facing this unique age group. This often requires assistance from someone sensitive to the needs of the elderly and knowledgeable about the issues affecting them. That's the job of the elder law attorney.

Elder law attorneys specialize in:

  • Helping clients secure Medicaid benefits, Veterans' Administration benefits and long-term care insurance
  • Helping clients make arrangements for covering the costs of long-term care facilities
  • Health and personal care planning, not limited to establishing powers of attorney and healthcare surrogates in the event of an incapacitating mental or physical illness
  • Preparing wills and trusts, and preparing for estate taxes, probate and inheritances
  • Helping clients protect assets for future generations

In contrast to a general estate planning attorney, elder law attorneys are familiar with government and elder law resources, senior rights, healthcare reform and long-term care issues that may affect their clients.

The demand for attorneys who specialize in the needs of older Texans has increased exponentially as the Baby Boomers of the 1950s enter retirement age.

According to the Administration on Aging, Americans are living longer lives than they did in the last century. Women have a life expectancy of 20.4 years beyond the age of 65 and men now live an additional 17.8 years.

In Texas, the 60-and-older population is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent between now and 2014, with a greater than 50 percent increase in those age 85 and older by 2020 (

Planning for your Golden Years with the help of an elder law attorney will help ensure that the Golden Years are truly golden.

Before hiring an elder law attorney to help your family, be sure to ask if they are an active member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, a professional association of more than 4,400 attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors. Attorney Marcie Johnson is a member.

Founded in 1987, NAELA provides a wealth of continuing education opportunities and information concerning the ever-changing elder law issues to its members. In addition, the association serves as an advocate on public policy issues facing seniors such as elder abuse, Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, guardianship and long-term care.

For a consultation concerning elder law issues, call our office at (888) 387-9843.

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