What is Elder Law?
Elder Law is defined by the client the attorney represents. The client is a senior citizen who has a range of needs, both legal and practical. While the variety of services offered by an elder specialist attorney depends on the law firm, among the many issues that are addressed these attorneys generally specialize in:
- Medicaid Asset Protection / Avoidance of Spousal Impoverishment
- Medicaid and PASSPORT Application Filing
- Estate Planning, including Trusts and Administration of Trusts
- Durable Financial Powers of Attorney
- Advance Directives
- Estate Administration and Probation of Estate
- Medicare and Social Security Claims
- Elder Abuse
Beyond these issues, there exists an intimidating array of considerations and options for each individual client. Our focus is to bring a fully-realized plan that assures our clients and their families are well-served and satisfied.
Is Your Attorney Certified?
What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?
Because our focus is on excellent service for clients and families, it is crucial that we provide every effective tool based on our clients’ needs. Our firm not only specializes in elderly legal needs, we are uniquely qualified in the field.
When searching for effective and secure representation, look for an attorney who has demonstrated expertise in elder law and special needs, passed a rigorous examination, maintains continuing education and involvement standards, and has been recognized by his or her peers and colleagues.
To become certified, an attorney must be a licensed attorney in good standing for five years, attend continuing education seminars on various elder law issues, pass a full-day certification exam, and must have references from other certified attorneys. Richard Taps and Maggie Sutton are among only six Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Central Ohio.
If you or a loved one requires quality, sensitive and effective legal guidance, please contact us, this is our passion and expertise.