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New Articles on Elder Law: Because You're Not Getting Any Younger

By Steven Tanner on March 17, 2015 3:57 PM

Unless your name is Benjamin Button, you are aging right now and will become an elderly person (if you live long enough, that is). Perhaps you're already elderly, even if you're still young at heart. Being older has its share of unique challenges and painful realizations -- along with the wisdom and rich perspectives that come with age -- but it sure beats the alternative. The point is, each and every one of you reading this eventually will be considered elderly and may need help with any number of elder law issues.

Regardless of your current age and station in life, getting to know the basics of elder law can go a long way toward making your golden years, well, more golden. We'll help you get started by sharing five of our newest elder law articles in FindLaw's Learn About the Law section:

1. What is the Older Americans Act?

The Older Americans Act (OAA), passed in 1965, provides support for Americans 60 and older through a broad array of services through the Administration on Aging, including home delivery of hot meals and in-home health services. This article gives a general summary of the OAA, with a link to help you find local services near you.

2. The Senior Tax Credit: Do I Qualify?

If you are 65 or older, you may be eligible for the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled (or simply, the "Senior Tax Credit"). The credit changes each tax year to reflect current trends, but benefits individuals and couples below a certain income level. This article also covers state tax credits and other tax benefits for seniors.

3. Elderly Guardianship Basics

Guardianship is a legal process where the court appoints an individual to help an elderly person manage their finances, remember to take medications, maintain hygiene, and other tasks that can become difficult with age (particularly where dementia or physical limitations are concerned). This is typically reserved for elderly people who lack other options.

4. Reverse Mortgages and the Elderly

A reverse mortgage can be a great option for struggling elderly homeowners, but too often older homeowners are taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals. Basically, the homeowner receives a monthly check (based on the amount of equity and other terms) until he or she passes away. The home then becomes the property of the financial institution in contract with the homeowner (but there are variations).

5. What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

Think you may need legal help with these or any other elder law issues? This article will help you better understand the work of an elder law attorney and what they can do for you, including helpful links to certified attorneys. As always, you may search FindLaw's directory of elder law attorneys for an experienced professional near you.

So whether you're barely old enough to shave, just reaching middle age, or coasting right into your golden years, elder law will some day be relevant in your life.

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