Elder law relates to the legal aspects affecting
the elderly. Such legalities include estate
planning, trusts, wills, elder care, elder abuse and
other legal matters affecting older Americans.
Many in the elder community are in need of help with
their finances and wellbeing. As a result they
are easy prey to those who would abuse them
financially, physically and emotionally.
In recent years many States have passed legislation
to protect these people. Some legal
professionals specialize in the elder law area.
Additionally there are many organizations that help
the elderly in legal matters. Some of these
organizations, such as the AARP, lobby Congress on
behalf of the elderly. They help champion
beneficial changes in such legislation as Medicare and
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