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By Harry S. Margolis, Founder and President of ElderLawAnswers

No one wants to think about death or disability—either in terms of themselves or a family member. But the failure to plan in advance of such events can lead to unnecessary stress or expense for loved ones, and may even prove catastrophic. And with the complicated new Medicaid asset transfer rules, advance planning is more important than ever.

Launched in 2000, ElderLawAnswers (www.elderlawanswers.com) has become the number one place on the Web where families come to plan ahead or cope with a crisis that is already upon them.    

Believing that the combination of an informed consumer and a qualified attorney produces the best legal results for clients, ElderLawAnswers supports seniors and their families in achieving their goals by providing:  

  • the most comprehensive information on legal issues facing seniors available anywhere on the Internet, and
  • access to a network of highly qualified elder law attorneys nationwide.

Elder law attorneys focus on the legal needs of the elderly, which can include planning for possible long-term care needs, qualifying for Medicaid, and general estate planning such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and advance directives.  The attorneys in our network are pre-screened and have demonstrated a commitment to the field of elder law.   

The consumer information on the ElderLawAnswers site includes primers on Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes, estate planning, retirement living, Social Security and more.  Consumers can learn from the experts on ElderLaw Radio and share information on the site's discussion forum.  Handy tools include calculators and checklists on decisions seniors and their families must make, including choosing a nursing home and buying long-term care insurance.   

Site visitors can also sign up for ElderLaw News, a highly regarded free monthly e-newsletter that keeps consumers up to date on legal developments affecting the elderly.   

I founded ElderLawAnswers because I saw the Internet as the ideal way for families to learn about their legal options and to locate qualified attorneys convenient to their loved ones. I am the founder and managing attorney of Margolis & Bloom, a law firm specializing in elder law based in Boston. I have been an elder law attorney since 1987 and helped launch the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 1988.  I am also the editor of The ElderLaw Report and The ElderLaw Portfolio Series and author of the ElderLaw Forms Manual.

There is no cost to use ElderLawAnswers and the site does not accept any advertising.  I invite you to visit and explore ElderLawAnswers at www.elderlawanswers.com



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