Elder law commonly encompasses a variety of issues such as estate planning, care of the elderly, financial scams, elder abuse and other situations that are detrimental to the well-being of the elderly. In some cases, litigation attorneys need to enter the fray to protect their elderly clients.
When you have elderly loved ones, you want to protect them, their
assets and their rights now and in the future. Unfortunately, as people
grow older, problems often arise over who will care for them when they
can't care for themselves, how their assets should be handled, and a
multitude of other thorny subjects linked to their increasing age. If
you don't keep the lines of communication open and work with your
parents, you could end up having to consult litigation attorneys when a
family disagreement regarding your parents' estate, personal care or
medical wishes aren't being respected by others in your family. The most
common reasons families end up needing to work with an elder law
specialist who is also an experienced litigator are outlined here.
Abuse And Neglect Elder Law
of the most devastating discoveries you can make regarding your elderly
parents is abuse or neglect at the hands of caregivers or family. Any
time you believe that someone you love has been neglected or abused, you
should meet with elder law specialists to file the appropriate
paperwork for an immediate, temporary guardianship so that you can
remove the person from the abusive situation. From there, litigation
attorneys can advise you on how to proceed; they may suggest filing a
suit against the abusers. At the very least, they can put you in contact
with the appropriate agencies where you can file a complaint.
Financial Abuse: Handling It Through Litigation Attorneys
is a variety of elder law that addresses the mishandling of funds or
estates. Sadly, some people have themselves appointed guardians of
elderly relatives just so they can pillage savings accounts and sell off
properties for their own benefit rather protecting their wards'
interest. If your parents' bills aren't being paid properly or money is
disappearing from their accounts, litigation lawyers can put them on
notice that you intend to have the situation evaluated. You may also
want elder law attorneys to file an emergency power of attorney so that
you can make sure the bills are paid and your parents aren't destitute.
If a guardian is ignoring their wishes or rights, you may also need
lawyers to file documents with the court indicating that you want to
take over their guardianship. Litigation attorneys who practice elder
law will be able to make a convincing case on your and your parents'
Contesting Or Defending A Will
your parents have recently passed away, did they leave behind a valid
will? In many cases, even a signed, recorded will can be contested by
disgruntled, would-be heirs or anyone who feels they should have
received something from the estate. Hopefully, your parents met with
estate planning attorneys before they died and had an ironclad document
prepared. If they tried to write a will themselves, there may be
loopholes and ambiguities that could encourage disagreements. Whether
you think a will wasn't prepared properly or you're defending the will
filed with the courts, litigation attorneys can guide you through the
complexities of applicable elder law.
Peck Bloom is a leader in tackling the complex issues of elder law. Chicago residents rely on Peck Bloom's combined ninety years of experience as Chicago litigation attorneys to help them protect their loved ones. For a free consultation, call 877-845-1743 to discuss your concerns.