What is Elder Law?

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Elder law is an area of legal practice focusing on issues that concern the aging population.  Elder law attorneys handle a wide range of concerns surrounding elder care.

This includes long-term care options, protecting assets from long-term care, retirement, nursing home resident rights, Medicaid planning, and estate planning such as wills, trusts, and Powers of Attorney.

How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help Me?

Elder law attorneys are advocates for elderly individuals and their loved ones.  They have specialized knowledge and experience concerning public and private resources and services that can help meet the needs of senior citizens, including those with disabilities.  An elder law attorney helps seniors and their families obtain their necessary legal documents and protect their legal rights.

Donald B. Mark has over 35 years of experience and devotes his practice to elder law.  In addition to being a nationally certified elder law attorney, his knowledge and enthusiasm for this area of law is evident in the compassionate, competent services he provides to our clients. Since 1992, he has been helping families throughout South Jersey navigate the complex legal issues surrounding elder care. He provides a wide range of elder law services including Medicaid planning, estate planning, and estate administration for our clients.


Below are general checklists of factors to consider with your elder law attorney for Medicaid planning, Estate planning, and Wills.

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Medicaid Planning

  1. Medical history
  2. Monthly income
  3. Expenses
  4. Assets
  5. Trusts
  6. Life insurance
  7. Real estate
  8. Debt
  9. Gifts
  10. Health insurance
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Estate Planning

  1. The necessity of a Will, trust, power of attorney, or other type of legal document
  2. Prior trust agreements
  3. Assets
  4. Debts
  5. Health status
  6. Prior gifts
  7. Monthly income
  8. Retirement plans
  9. Real estate
  10. Naming a guardian
  11. Life insurance
  12. Annuities
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  1. Distribution of assets
  2. Beneficiaries
  3. Distribution of personal property
  4. Executor
  5. Trustee
  6. Guardian

Learn more about how we may help you with all of your elder law needs including Medicaid planning, estate planning, estate administration, and more.

Contact us to start planning today.