A brief survey of Georgia residents age 65 and older would likely result in similar answers if participants were asked about the benefits and downsides of aging. Some would like say that they are more comfortable in their own skins and do not worry about many things that caused them stress when they were younger. Then again, many may also relate to various challenges senior citizens often encounter, from physical mobility problems to legal issues such as estate planning or long-term care.  

If you are an elder who has an adult child or children helping you plan for your future, they may be a great asset, especially if a time comes when you must transition to assisted living or nursing home care. You may also face problems regarding Medicaid, Medicare or asset protection. Various state or federal laws may have an impact on your situation.  

That is why it is often most helpful to also bring an experienced elder law and long-term care planning attorney on board when you are executing a plan or trying to resolve a particular problem. An experienced attorney can act as a personal advocate, especially if a legal issue arises while you are living in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Sadly, many elders have a need for legal representation when cases of neglect or abuse occur.

Kevin Tharpe, P.C., is fully prepared to act on your behalf regarding all aspects of elder law and long-term care in Georgia. Protecting the rights and best interests of senior citizens is our highest priority. If you or your loved one is currently involved in a situation that has placed either at risk, you can reach out for support by requesting a meeting via the online contact form conveniently located on our website.