Elder Law Attorneys

Lawyers, or attorneys, work in our legal system as advocates and advisers. As advocates, they represent the rights of their clients in trials and depositions or in front of administrative and government bodies. As advisers, attorneys counsel clients on how the law affects business or personal decisions, such as the purchase of property or the creation of a will. Lawyers can represent individuals, businesses, and corporations. Elder law attorneys are lawyers who specialize in providing legal services for the elderly and, in some cases, the disabled. Unlike other lawyers who deal with one field of law, such as tax lawyers, elder law attorneys often deal with several fields of law when providing services to their clients. Some of the most common elder law issues include guardianship or conservatorship, public benefits (Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security), probate and estate planning, health and long-term care planning, and elder abuse cases. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. (NAELA) reports that its current membership is more than 4,000. In addition, there are thousands of attorneys who practice elder law as a part of a law practice that encompasses a range of other areas.

Quick Facts
Duties Provide legal services for the elderly and, in some cases, the disabled
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in states where there are a large number of people age 65 and older (such as Florida and Arizona)
Education and Training
  • Law Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Economics
  • English
  • Government
Experience Internship or clerkship
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Partner, or Solo Practitioner, or Law Professor
  • Elder Law Attorney
  • Law Clerk

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