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A Quick Guide to Elder Law

Elder Law Involves a Vast Array of Planning and Issues

Here’s a quick guide to elder law. Elder law covers a variety of topics specifically related to the care and wellbeing of senior citizens. For example, subjects can include establishing a care plan, end of life care, estate planning, and reporting abuse. In other words, elder law protects the older generation. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what elder law is and how to prepare for the future.


Do You Know What Elder Law Is?

Elder law is a specific field of law that addresses the diverse legal needs of aging populations.  It addresses the various decisions and circumstances that come up later in life. Elder law most commonly deals with the healthcare of a person. Waiting until a moment of crisis to establish a care plan for an aging person can be stressful.


Meeting with an elder law attorney can offer peace of mind in their time of ill-health. Another part of elder law is establishing guardianship. Guardianship can help to protect the elderly and those with disabilities have proper care when they need it. As you age, it can be more difficult to handle daily tasks. Appointing a guardian can make sure that everything is taken care of, from medical care to finances.


Seek Elder Law Representation if You Believe Abuse Is Happening

Elder abuse can take on many different forms. It can range from the inflicting physical harm or using fraud for financial or material gain from vulnerable seniors. A combination of psychological, social, and economic factors, along with the mental and physical conditions also contribute to elder abuse.

Of course, abuse can occur in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted living locations, and in the elder’s home. The National Center on Elder Abuse website offers articles, fact sheets, and other resources about elder abuse and elder law.


Report Suspected Elder Abuse to the Proper Authorities

In conclusion, if you suspect elder abuse, alert the proper authorities. If someone is in immediate danger, contact law enforcement. To file a report of suspected abuse, contact the local Adult Protective Services (APS) agency. Reporting anything concerning is the first step in getting your loved-one the help they need and deserve. You can remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination, and civil and criminal prosecution.

The Pennsylvania Protective Services Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-490-8505.


Call Margaret Zylka House, Attorney at Law at (724) 628-4955 to learn more about elder law. Please feel free to like us on Facebook for the latest information and company happenings. Our law firm will provide you with a quick guide to elder law.