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What Is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Elder Law?

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People assume that estate planning is only for seniors; so often it is confused with elder law.  However, estate planning can be important for adults of all ages, and it is certainly not reserved for seniors. While estate planning and elder law might overlap in certain aspects, there are important differences to understand.

What Do Estate Planning Attorney’s Do?

Estate planning is an area of law that focuses mainly on a person’s estate, which includes the property and assets they own. Individuals can plan to preserve their estate in the event they become incapacitated, as well as how the estate will be distributed should the individual pass away.  Legal instruments that direct a trusted party to make decisions, about healthcare and property, will apply if a person becomes incapacitated and is unable to make decisions for themselves.


Estate planning involves drafting legal documents, such as a:


  • Last will and testament
  • Revocable living trust
  • Powers of attorney for Healthcare and Property


The reality is that people can suffer incapacitating or fatal injuries or illnesses at any age; so, it is wise for adults to create an estate plan as early as possible. This means that estate planning lawyers work with clients of all ages.

What Do Elder Law Attorney’s Do?

Elder law focuses on protecting the needs and rights of senior adults, as well as disabled adults, of any age.  Elder law attorneys concentrate on the well-being of individuals who need extra care and might be vulnerable to abuse.


Elder care attorney’s may work with younger clients who are disabled and need care, family members of seniors who need care, or seniors themselves who want assistance to ensure their needs are met in the best possible manner.


Elder law attorneys commonly handle:


  • Long-term care planning
  • Guardianship cases
  • Elder abuse


Both areas of law can be highly beneficial for a wide range of adults and their families.  Many practices have attorney’s who can offer services in both areas of the law.  It is important to consult with an experienced planning attorney, so that you can determine the best path for your needs.

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