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Share These Resources with An Elder Parent During Older Americans Month

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May is both National Older Americans Month and National Elder Law Month. These

annual events honor seniors and offer plenty of resources to assist them with a

variety of needs. It also reminds our elder law community just how important the

needs of these generations are and helps us focus on developing new ways to

support them, despite what we are facing as a state and a nation.

In fact, there are as many avenues of support from elder law attorneys as there are

areas of senior-related concern. For example, elder parents may need assistance drafting

or reviewing an estate plan. They may be eligible for veterans benefits but require a

skilled V.A. advocate. They may even need emergency assistance to assert their

rights in an elder abuse situation. In each case, elder law attorneys stand ready to

assist them.

Raising awareness, securing access to resources and obtaining effective assistance

is what May is all about. Other areas of interest may include:

• Powers of attorney

• Tax planning

• Medicaid planning

• Long-term care

• Social Security Insurance or Disability

• Special Needs Trusts

• Guardianship

• Retirement planning

The U.S. Administration for Community Living leads the annual observance of Older

Americans Month. The theme for 2020 is “Make Your Mark.” This is meant to

encourage and celebrate the contributions that older adults make every day across

the country.

National Elder Law Month dates back to a presidential proclamation in 1963. Elder

law attorneys embraced the annual tradition and remain dedicated to helping

seniors better understand their rights, concerns and legal options. Accordingly,

the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, where our very own attorney, Matt

Rheingans, as president of the Florida Chapter last year, has public seminars, Elder

Law clinics and many other activities this month to bring seniors, their families and

their legal communities together all for the purpose of serving elder adults.

Elder Law attorneys represent, counsel and assist seniors, including those who are

younger with disabilities, and their families with a wide range of legal issues. Many

government and nonprofit senior advocacy organizations also offer assistance, such

as the National Council on Aging, the National Center on Elder Abuse and the

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

If you or someone you know would like more information or specific guidance on

legal matters, we encourage you to contact our law practice. We are here for you

during this important month, and throughout the year.


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