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According to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, elder law encompasses the following practice fields: • The preservation and transfer of assets in an effort to avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home. • Medicaid planning. • Medicare claims and appeals. • Social Security and disability claims and appeals. • Supplemental and long-term health insurance issues. • Disability planning, including the use of durable powers of attorney, living trusts, and living wills, for financial management and health care decisions, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency or incapacity. • Conservatorships and guardianships. •Estate planning, including planning for the management of one’s estate during life and its disposition on death through the use of trusts, wills, and other planning documents. • Probate. • Administration and management of trusts and estates. • Long-term care placements in nursing homes and life-care communities. • Nursing home issues including questions of patients’ rights and nursing home quality. • Elder abuse and fraud recovery cases. • Housing issues, including discrimination and home equity conversions. • Age discrimination in employment. • Retirement, including public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits, and pension benefits. • Health law. • Mental health law.

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