Although the month of May is typically known for its celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby, and Memorial Day, May is also known as “National Elder Law Month.”
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy declared May to be Senior Citizens Month to honor those who are 65 and older. Since then Presidents have proclaimed May to be a month to show support for older Americans. President Jimmy Carter changed the name in 1980 to Older Americans Month and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys supports this annual proclamation by declaring the month of May to be National Elder Law Month.
During the month of May, Elder Law attorneys across the country educate the public about legal options in dealing with long-term and health-care planning, special-needs planning, Medicaid eligibility, elder abuse, fraud and other important issues.
Many people associate Elder Law with drafting wills and trusts, but there is much more to the practice than drafting legal documents. The practice of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning are unique and important areas of law that involve advocating for and counseling seniors, and individuals with special needs and their families with a variety of legal issues. These legal issues range from estate planning to long-term care issues, asset protection, taxation, guardianship, and navigating through various government benefits programs.
We as a society tend to delay in our planning for the future, and the area of planning for long-term care is no exception. By working with an Elder Law Attorney to plan for the future, seniors and individuals with special needs and their families can ensure that they obtain the best quality of life, while preserving family assets for as long as possible.
We at Russo Law Group, P.C. are passionate about our roles as advocates for senior citizens and individuals with special needs, which is why we have dedicated a significant part of our practice to Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.
We invite you to take advantage of our comprehensive website as well as free seminars and webinars to learn more about the areas of Elder Law and Special Needs Planning.
Please contact us with questions or comments.
Eric J. Einhart
Russo Law Group, P.C.
100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Suite 102
Garden City, NY 11530