Elder Law involves the legal issues that arise as a consequence of the aging process. Elder law is not defined by a single area of the law. Instead, elder law attorneys assist clients with a variety of issues, including: Medicaid and asset protection planning, Medicare, social security, disability planning, pensions, retirement plans, financial and health care decision-making through the use of powers of attorney, and end-of-life decision making through the use of living wills, estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate.
In regards to Elder Law matters, Mr. Nichelson concentrates on Medicaid and asset protection, estate planning, powers of attorney, wills, trusts, and probate. He works with seniors and their families to design a plan to ensure that all legal components work together to adequately protect seniors and their property.
Most Elder Law attorneys do not concentrate in every one of these areas, which is why it is important to hire an attorney who regularly handles matters in the area of concern in your particular case. The attorney needs to know enough about the other fields of law to question whether the action being taken might be affected by laws in any of the other areas of law on the list. For example, if you are going to rewrite your will and your spouse is ill, the attorney needs to understand the laws of Medicaid to know whether it is an issue with regard to your spouse’s inheritance. Asking questions of a trusted and knowledgeable attorney will ensure your legal matters are handled correctly.